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Thousands of aspiring scholars apply to the top schools/universities every year from all parts of the globe. They would be from different academic, social and professional backgrounds. A high ranker in a particular educational system for example might compare unfavorably with an average student from another system. Standardized tests like GMAT, TOEFL, SAT and GRE do not reflect the applicant’s academic, personal and professional profile holistically. So the essays or SoP are guided towards elaborating on your personality, perspectives, breadth/depth of vision, goals and your fit with the particular school/University.

While top B-schools look for a set of essays,  usually undergraduate courses and smaller Universities seek a single essay (ranging from 500-2000 words), called the Statement of Purpose (SoP) or Personal Statement. These SoPs are therefore probably the most important element of your entire application. You can win or lose based on the quality and effectiveness of your SoP.

An SoP is expected to answer questions including reasons for the choice of the particular course/university, your career plans, the implications of the course on your future and the most importantly substantiation of your candidature. Sometimes, the school/university specifies the questions the SoP need to answer. The first thing to understand is that your SoP is not part of an essay writing competition - writing a great SoP is not the point. The idea is to write an SoP that sells your application and gives the selection committee a good reason to shortlist you. A good SoP reflects the personality traits, talents and interests that are not apparent in your resume or application. A good SoP highlights and re-enforces the most important strengths of your application while also answering the specific question.

First things first. Read the questions carefully, understand the institution's selection criteria and prepare your answers accordingly.  Once you have jotted down your thoughts in a rough form or as bullet points that can be expanded during our discussion, it is time to reach us at EssayLABB!

USA

UK Australia Canada/Europe/Asia

California Institute of Technology

Carnegie Mellon University

Case Western Reserve University

Columbia University

Cornell University

Georgia Institute of Technology

Iowa State University

Michigan State University

Northwestern University

North Carolina State University

Ohio State University

Pennsylvania State University

Princeton University

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rice University

Stanford University

University of California–Berkeley

University of Delaware

University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Michigan

University of Minnesota

University of New Mexico

University of Pennsylvania

University of Rochester

University of Southern California

University of Texas–Austin

University of Virginia

University of Wisconsin–Madison

Virginia Tech

Washington University in St. Louis

Yale University

Birmingham University

Bradford University

Bristol University

Brunel University

Edinburgh Napier University

Glasgow Caledonian University

Imperial College of Science

Liverpool University

Loughborough University

Middlesex University

University of Aberdeen

University of Bath

University of Brighton

University of Buckingham

University of Derby

University of Edinburgh

University of Exeter

University of Sheffield

University of Sussex

University of Cambridge

Adelaide University

Australian National University

Bond University

Flinders University

Macquarie University

Monash University

Murdoch University

RMIT University

Swinburne University of Technology

Sydney University

The University of Melbourne

The University of Queensland

The University of Western Australia

University of Canberra

University of New South Wales

University of South Australia

Victoria University

Canada

Carleton University

Ecole Polytechnique Montreal

McGill University

McMaster University

Queens University

Universite De Montreal

University of British Columbia

University of Ottawa

University Of Toronto

University Of Waterloo

University of Western Ontario

University of Windsor

York University

Europe

Copenhagen Business School

Delft University of Technology

Helsinki School of Economics

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne

Technical University of Denmark

University Of Karlsruhe

Asia

Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology

University of Tokyo

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Sample SoP questions from various universities and schools

California Institute of Technology Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

Please provide a brief statement of your scientific and professional interests and objectives. Include a description of your past accomplishments that are not evident from the examination of other documents submitted. Report, if applicable, on any research in progress. The statement must be written by the applicant in English. It must not be written in another language and translated for the applicant by another person.

Letters of Recommendation.

At least three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with your academic, research and/or work performance are required for all applicants.

Carnegie Mellon University Graduate Application

Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Master of Product Development (MPD), Master of Engineering in Energy Systems

Statement of Purpose.

Why is graduate study important to you? Please describe what your educational goals and interests are and how Carnegie Mellon fits in with these goals and interests. You can also elaborate on aspects of your background and experience that aren't captured well by the short-answer, fill-in-the-blank format of the other parts of this application form.

Typical applicant statements are one to two typewritten pages in length. Please limit statements to 1000 words or less.

Master of Science in Computational Design and Manufacturing (MSCDM), Engineering and Technology Innovation Management

Statement of Purpose.

The 'Statement of Purpose' is to answer the following questions: What are your reasons for undertaking graduate study at Carnegie Mellon University? How do your experience, your education and graduate training in MSCDM, and your future career plans relate to each other? The Statement of Purpose should be a one- to two-page typed document. Please submit files only in PDF or Microsoft Word format.

Engineering and Public Policy (EPP)

Statement of Purpose.

Why is graduate study important to you? Please describe what your educational goals and interests are and how EPP and Carnegie Mellon fit in with these goals and interests. You can also elaborate on aspects of your background and experience that aren't captured well by the short-answer, fill-in-the-blank format of the other parts of this application form. Please note that you can cut and paste into this area from the word processor of your choice, but you will lose any special formatting that was used. Enter text only; no scanned images, etc. Typical applicant statements are one to two typewritten pages in length. Please limit statements to 1000 words or less.

MSIN/MSISTM at Information Networking Institute

Statement of Purpose.

Type a concise one- or two-page statement of purpose (no less than 500 and no more than 1,000 words) in the following format:

1. Briefly explain your objective in pursuing a master's degree.
2. Describe your background in engineering, computer science, and other fields particularly relevant to your objectives. Include any industrial or commercial work experience.
3. Outline your research experience and list any publications.
4. Provide any additional information you feel would be useful to the admissions committee in determining your suitability for admission to the INI.

Mechanical Engineering

Statement of Purpose.

Your statement should cover the following topics:

1. Describe your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering.
2. Discuss any work, research, educational, or other life experiences that influenced your decision to pursue graduate studies in Mechanical Engineering

3. Describe what research you would like to pursue in graduate school

Typical applicant statements are one to two typewritten pages in length. Please limit statements to 1000 words or less.

Case Western Reserve University Graduate Application

Statement of Objectives.

There is no specific form for the Statement of Objectives. You should create your own document and include "Statement of Objectives" as the heading. The statement should be one or two pages and should include your purpose in undertaking graduate work, and an explanation of your study and research interests as they relate to your undergraduate/graduate study and professional goals. Your complete name and the major field of study to which the application is being made should be included at the top of each page.

Letters of Recommendation.

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted from individuals whom are sufficiently familiar with you, and who can assess your academic preparation, abilities and accomplishments. Letters should be from your most recent instructors in a field of study or discipline comparable to that for which you submit the Application.

If you have been out of school for several years, one letter may be from your employer, supervisor or other person familiar with your most recent activities and accomplishments. If you choose to not ask recommenders to complete on-line recommendations, you should ask each author to mail the letter of recommendation, which bears their original signature, to the department or program of interest.

Columbia University GSAPP and Fu Foundation School of Engineering & Applied Science Applications

Degree Programs:  Master of Architecture, M.S. Advanced Architectural Design, M.S. Architecture and Urban Design, M.S. Historic Preservation, Certificate in Conservation of Historic Buildings and Arch. Sites, M.S. Urban Planning, M.S. Real Estate Development, M.S. Critical, Curatorial, & Conceptual Practices in Architecture

Dual Degree Programs: Master of Architecture and M.S. in Historic Preservation, Master of Architecture and M.S. in Urban Planning, M.S. in Urban Planning and M.S. in Historic Preservation

Personal Statement.

In a statement of approximately 500 words, describe your background, your past work in your intended field of study, and your plans for graduate study and a professional career. If you are presently in a graduate program at another university, please explain why you wish to leave. If you have not yet come to a decision about your career, or if your plans are tentative, please do not hesitate to say so.

Letters of Recommendation.

Three letters are required. Recommenders may submit their reference letters electronically through our application system. For recommenders who wish to submit their recommendation letters on paper, please remind them to include the your full name and program of study in the body of the letter. The GSAPP does not have a special form to fill out. Envelopes must be sealed with the recommender's signature on the flap.

Cornell University Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

A one- or two-page statement stating your reasons for undertaking graduate work, as well as an explanation of your academic interests, including their relation to your undergraduate study and professional goals. Include your full name and your proposed field of study at the top of each page.

Letters of Recommendation.

Two or three letters of recommendation (depending on the field) must be submitted from faculty members acquainted with your work. If that work occurred some time ago, check with the field to see whether recommendations from those familiar with your professional performance might be acceptable.

Georgia Institute of Technology Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

This statement should be concise, outline a plan for graduate studies, and indicate why Georgia Tech is the right graduate program to meet this plan. It is important to include technical interest area information in the space allotted (400 words) on the in the online form. If applicable, faculty with similar research interests, who may be a potential research advisor, should also be noted as well.

Iowa State University Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

Please include a statement of the applicants strengths and weaknesses and potential for success in graduate school.

Letters of Recommendation.

The Graduate College requires three letters of recommendation, and prefers that you use the online letter of recommendation process. By including your recommenders’ names and e-mail addresses on the application form, they will be sent instructions on how to submit their letter electronically. If a recommender insists on submitting a hard copy, they must complete the Letter of Recommendation form available on our website, and submit it directly to the graduate program to which you are applying (NOT the Office of Admissions). In that case, you will need to provide the recommender with the address of the graduate program to which you are applying.

Michigan State University Graduate Application

Michigan State University Graduate School Application

Academic & Personal Statements.

Attach a separate sheet with a concise academic statement of your plans for graduate study, your career goals, and how MSU’s graduate program will help you meet your career and educational objectives. Also include a separate personal statement about how your background and life experiences, including social, economic, cultural, familial, educational, or other opportunities or challenges motivated your decision to pursue a graduate degree.

Letters of Recommendation.

List the names, titles, and addresses of three individuals submitting letters of recommendation on your behalf. Please contact your department or school to learn if it has special forms or instructions for letters of recommendation. If your department or school does not provide its own forms, please use the form included with this application booklet. Have your letters of recommendation sent directly to the chairperson of the department or school (major) to which you are applying.

Please attach a letter with specific comments on the applicant’s strengths and limitations for graduate study. Descriptions of significant actions, accomplishments, and personal qualities related to scholarly achievement are particularly helpful. Several paragraphs will be more useful to the admission committee than one or two sentences.

College of Law

Personal Statement.

The personal statement is an important aspect of the application for admission as it provides the Admission Committee with insights regarding the applicant’s background and goals. The personal statement should not exceed three pages and may address any topic. For candidates who are unsure of what topics might be addressed in the personal statement, the following list of questions may be instructive:

* In what ways have your life experiences prepared you to succeed in law school?
* What motivates you to pursue a legal education? What personal or professional goals have you established for yourself?
* Are there particular reasons you have for applying to Michigan State University College of Law?
* In what ways have you encountered instances of adversity and how might such experiences contribute to your effectiveness as an attorney?
* In what ways might you contribute to a better understanding of diversity within the MSU Law student body and to the legal profession?

Stanford University Graduate/Under Graduate Applications

Stanford Graduate School Application

Statement of Purpose.

Describe in your statement of purpose:

* Your reasons for applying to the proposed program at Stanford and your preparation for this field of study
* Your research and study interests
* Future career plans and other aspects of your background and interests which may aid the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study

Your statement should not exceed two pages in length (single spaced).

Letters of Recommendation.

Three letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter should be a faculty member at the last school you attended as a full-time student (unless you have been out of school for more than five years). Substitutions for faculty recommendations may include work associates or others who can comment on your academic potential for graduate work.

Stanford Under Graduate School Application

Essays.

In reading all of your writing, we want to hear your individual voice. Write essays that reflect who you are; use specific concrete details and write in a natural style. Begin work on these essays early, and feel free to ask your parents, teachers, and friends to provide constructive feedback. When you ask for feedback on an essay draft, ask if the essay's tone sounds like your voice—it should. If your parents, teachers, and friends do not believe your essay captures who you are or what you believe, surely we will be unable to recognize what is most distinctive about you. While securing feedback is suggested, you should not enlist hired assistance in the writing of your essays.

The Common Application’s Essays

Candidates must choose one topic and respond. Responses must be at least 250 words but should not exceed the space provided (approximately one page).

1. Evaluate a significant experience, achievement, risk you have taken, or ethical dilemma you have faced and its impact on you.
2. Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
3. Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you, and describe that influence.
4. Describe a character in fiction, a historical figure, or a creative work (as in art, music, science, etc.) that has had an influence on you, and explain that influence.
5. A range of academic interests, personal perspectives, and life experiences adds much to the educational mix. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity in a college community, or an encounter that demonstrated the importance of diversity to you.
6. Topic of your choice.

Supplement Short Essays.

Candidates must respond to all three questions/topics. Responses must be at least 250 words but should not exceed the space provided in the Supplement.

1. Stanford students are widely known to possess a sense of intellectual vitality. Tell us about an idea or an experience you have had that you find intellectually engaging.

2. Virtually all of Stanford’s undergraduates live on campus. What would you want your freshman year roommate to know about you? Tell us something about you that will help your roommate—and us—know you better.

3. Tell us what makes Stanford a good place for you* What motivates you to pursue a legal education? What personal or professional goals have you established

University of California–Berkeley Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

Please describe your aptitude and motivation for graduate study in your area of specialization, including your preparation for this field of study, your academic plans or research interests in your chosen area of study, and your future career goals. Please be specific about why UC Berkeley would be a good intellectual fit for you.

Personal History Statement.

Please note that the Personal History Statement should not duplicate the Statement of Purpose. In an essay, discuss how your personal background informs your decision to pursue a graduate degree. Please include any educational, familial, cultural, economic, or social experiences, challenges, or opportunities relevant to your academic journey; how you might contribute to social or cultural diversity within your chosen field; and/or how you might serve educationally underrepresented segments of society with your degree.

Letters of Recommendation.

At least three letters of recommendation are required for all applicants. Send them early enough to allow time for your recommenders to write and forward the letters by the departmental deadline. To waive access to your letters of recommendation, complete the waiver section of the form. You can assist them by including a stamped envelope addressed to the appropriate department. Remember to inform your recommenders of your proposed department’s deadline for application materials.

Northwestern University Graduate Application

MA Programs: Communication Studies, Counseling Psychology, English, Learning Disabilities, Learning Sciences, Linguistics, Media, Technology and Society, Medical Humanities and Bioethics, Performance Studies, Political Science, Speech and Language Pathology, Speech and Language Pathology and Learning Disabilities, Theatre

MS Programs: Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clinical Investigation, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering Design and Innovation, Genetic Counseling, Healthcare Quality & Patient Safety, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Marital and Family Therapy, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Neurobiology and Physiology, Plant Biology and Conservation, Statistics, Theoretical and Applied Mechanics

MPH Programs: Life Sciences and Public Health, Medical Anthropology, Public Health

Ph.D. Programs: Accounting Information and Management, African-American Studies, Anthropology, Art History, Chemistry, Clinical Psychology, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Comparative Literary Studies, Economics, Finance, French and Italian, German, Literature and Critical Thought, History, Human Development and Social Policy, Integrated Graduate Program in the Life Sciences (IGP), Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program (IBiS), Management and Organizations, Management and Organizations and Sociology, Managerial Economics and Strategy, Marketing, Mathematics, Music, Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN), Operations Management, Philosophy, Physics and Astronomy, Psychology, Religion, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Sociology, Technology and Social Behavior, Theatre and Drama, Communication Studies, English, Learning Sciences, Linguistics, Media, Technology and Society, Performance Studies, Political Science, Life Sciences and Public Health, Applied Mathematics, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Industrial Engineering and Management Sciences, Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Statistics

Statement of Purpose.

Your statement of purpose is an important part of your application. Program admission committees consider them carefully in ranking applicants. Be as specific as possible about your research interests and qualifications. If you have particular reasons for choosing Northwestern, be sure to indicate them.

Your statement may be submitted electronically as part of the online application. The statement may not exceed 5,000 characters. You may find it useful to compose your statement using word processing software, then to cut and paste it into the online application. However, should you desire to submit your statement on paper, a copy of this statement should be submitted along with the other supporting materials you send to the program to which you are applying. Be sure that your identification - full name, birth date, and the program to which you are applying - are listed below the title.

Letters of Recommendation.

Letters of recommendation are very important. Choose your recommenders wisely. The Graduate School's admission committees are interested in recommendation letters from those who are most able to assess your academic and research abilities in areas related to your field of study.

While The Graduate School requires a minimum of two letters of recommendation, some departments require more than two letters. Please consult your admitting department's website to determine if additional letters are required. While completing your online application, you will have the option to submit your recommendations online or via standard letter. If you choose to have your letter submitted online, the online application software will email your recommenders regarding your request. Recommenders may then submit letters online using standard word processing software.

The Graduate School does not have a specific recommendation form. Recommendation letters submitted through mail should be printed on official letterhead and contain the original signatures of your recommenders. Your name and the name of the program to which you are applying should be included in each letter. Be sure to have your recommenders sign the envelope across the envelope seal. Submit your unopened letter of recommendations along with your other supplemental materials directly to the program to which you are applying.

North Carolina State University Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

Describe your career goals and research interests, as well as your publications, work experience, and academic honors and organizations. You may also include an optional statement of your achievements, talents, background, experiences, and traits that will contribute to the enrichment or diversity of the University or community, beyond your academic credentials.

Ohio State University Graduate Application

Statement of Intent.

Provide statement of your academic goals. Include information concerning your interest in and motivations for graduate work. You may wish to include autobiographical or personal data that may be helpful to the Graduate Studies Committee in considering your application. Some graduate programs provide specific guidelines for what should be included in the applicant’s statement of intent.

Letters of Recommendation.

Please arrange to have three recommendations/references prepared by faculty members or others familiar with your qualifications and potential for graduate study. Each recommendation must include the completed Reference Form, as well as a separate letter written and signed on academic or business letterhead stationery.

Pennsylvania State University Graduate/Under Graduate Applications

Graduate Program in Acoustics

Statement of Purpose.

A one-page letter of intent or statement of goals.

Letters of Recommendation.

Two letters of reference sent to the Program from people who are in a position to comment on the candidate's education and/or abilities. Reference letters must come directly from the individual authoring the reference and should be on institution or company letterhead. Forms are not provided. Letters not sent directly to the Acoustics Program by the authors will not be accepted as a part of the application package.

Pennsylvania State University Under Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

Though not required, we strongly encourage you to complete the Personal Statement section of the application. Your completion of this section may assist the Admissions Office in reviewing your application.

When completing the personal statement, please note that there is a limit of 1200 spaces and characters. Use the Calculate my Count button to keep track of the number of characters and spaces you have used. You may use traditional punctuation marks in your answer, but should avoid using the following characters: #$%^*/+{}|<>~=[].

Princeton University Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

The statement should not exceed 1,000 words and should describe your academic and career plans as they relate to the department to which you are applying. We invite students to include the special barriers or challenges they have had to overcome to pursue higher education. You may upload your personal statement where indicated on the web application. Do not send a copy of your personal statement if you have attached it as a supplement form to your web application.

Letters of Recommendation.

Three letters of recommendation from faculty members or others well-acquainted with your academic work are required. Letters of recommendation can be submitted electronically by using our Web recommendation service available through the Web application. When applying, simply supply your recommenders’ e-mail addresses. They will then receive an e-mail with directions on how to proceed. Recommenders are strongly encouraged to use the Web recommendation service instead of paper. If not all of your recommenders can access the Web service, then any combination of web and/or paper recommendations are acceptable. Do not send both web recommendations and paper recommendations from the same recommender. If your recommenders choose to submit their paper letters directly to the Office of Graduate Admission, it is your responsibility to inform them of the application deadline. Your recommenders should be aware that, if we receive recommendations after the application deadline, it may adversely impact the review of your application and may hinder your chances of admission.

 

Purdue University Graduate Application

Graduate School Application

Statement of Purpose.

Submit a statement of 300-500 words concerning your purpose for undertaking or continuing graduate study, your reasons for wanting to study at Purdue, and your research interests, professional plans, and career goals. You also may explain any special circumstances applicable to your background and elaborate on your scholarly publications, awards, achievements, abilities, and/or professional history.

Under Graduate Application.

Personal Statement.

Statement of 500 words or fewer. Type or print on separate sheet(s) and include full name and birth date on each additional sheet.
Choose one of the following topics:

1. Describe how your college education will allow you to achieve personal or professional goals.
2. What is the best advice you have ever received? Describe how it has helped you and how you have used it.
3. Describe a setback you have encountered in your life. Explain how you handled the situation, what you learned from it, and what you would do if something similar happened in the future.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Graduate/Under Graduate Application

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Graduate Application

Statement of Background and Goals (including current work/academic activities).

Upload a one- or two-page statement that includes the following information:

1. Your full name and date of birth
2. Your primary educational and research interests
3. An outline of your research experience and a list of any publications and academic honors
4. A description of your background in fields particularly relevant to your study objectives—include any relevant industrial/work or research experience
5. A discussion of specific research topics and methods you might pursue in your thesis research
6. Information outlining your current work/study activities

Letters of Recommendation.

Rensselaer requires two letters of recommendation. Recommendations may be submitted electronically or by postal mail. Please obtain recommendations from two individuals who have supervised your work on the job or at school; we recommend that at least one is a faculty member or an academic dean or adviser familiar with your academic performance.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Under Graduate Application

Choose from the degree-specific guidelines below and include your completed essay with the application form. The essay should be no more than 1–2 pages.

• Accelerated Programs (Law and Physician-Scientist): State your reasons for aspiring to a career in law or medicine.

• Architecture: State your reasons for choosing architecture as your profession.

• Electronic Arts: Discuss your interests in the field of electronic arts and state how this is reflected in your portfolio.

• All Other Programs: Choose one topic listed below or submit a personal essay of your choice

1. Describe a significant experience or achievement that has special meaning to you.
2.  Indicate a person who has had a significant influence on you and describe that influence.
3. “They’ll say I impacted the 21st century by my work in...”

Letters of Recommendation.

Please request a letter of recommendation from a counselor or teacher. A recommendation provided by a math or science teacher is preferred.

Rice University Graduate Application

Statement of Intent.

Briefly describe your intended plan of study or the particular subdivision of the major field in which you wish to specialize. Discuss any scholarly research, writing, or similar research that you have done or are currently pursuing. Include other information that may be helpful in evaluating your application.

University of Delaware Graduate Application

Essay/Personal Statement.

Three to five days after you submit your application, you will have the opportunity to upload your Essay/Personal Statement. Please note that all essay questions should be uploaded as one document. The following is only a preview of the essay questions you will be asked at that time:

Standard Essay Questions:

1. What are your vocational objectives and how will your proposed plan of graduate study relate to them? (The response to this essay is your "Personal Statement.")

2. Within your major field, are there areas of special interest to you? Please explain.

3. Are there special circumstances related to your academic record that you feel we should know about? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If the answer is yes, explain the circumstances, give the dates of the offense(s) and discuss what you learned from the circumstance.

Agricultural and Technology Education

Personal Statement.

Why do you wish to become a teacher of Agriscience?

Art History

Personal Statement.

1. Please list all art history and architectural history courses taken/completed or in progress. Give year and institution for each along with course title and number.

2. Language Assessment. Indicate the languages you have taken at your previous institutions. Include the years of study for each. (For example, French: 4 semesters in High School (1998-2000): University of xxx, 2000-2001: University xxx, 2001-2002)

Arts and Humanities Summer Institute (AHSI)

Personal Statement.

1. What are your educational/professional objectives and how will your participation in the Arts and Humanities Summer Institute help you achieve these objectives? Please include any plans for graduate school. The response to this essay is your personal statement.

2. Please tell us about the art, art history and English courses you have taken to date or are taking now. Please include course titles, but tell us more than we will know from reading your transcript about your interest in these courses, any research projects you might have done, and the relationship between this coursework and your educational/professional goals.

3. Submit a 10-15 page critical writing sample. If interested in a Masters in Fine Arts also submit 3-10 images of recent art work.

4. Who recommended that you participate in this summer institute? Will this person be writing a letter of recommendation for you? If no one recommended that you participate in this program, how did you hear about it?

Biological Sciences
Personal Statement.

1. What scientific research experience have you had?

2. What are your research interests and long-term professional objectives?

3. What specific attributes of our Department make you feel that it would be a good place for you?

Business Administration Programs
Personal Statement.

1. Getting your message across to prospective customers is a key element of a business plan. Please critique our effort to market the University of Delaware MBA programs by using specific examples of where and how you heard about our program (e.g., specific radio station, internet site, publication, TV station, etc.) and honestly assess how effective that vehicle was in drawing you to apply for admission. What are some strengths of these marketing efforts and what could be done better? What is the best way to reach prospective students like you? We are looking for insightful, specific and brief essays.

2. What are your vocational objectives and how will your proposed plan of graduate study relate to them?

Chemistry and Biochemistry
Personal Statement.

What are your primary area(s) of interest - analytical, biochemistry, inorganic, organic, or physical?

Communication
Personal Statement.

1. Upon what past experiences and interests do you base your present decision to apply for admission to the graduate program in Communication?

2. What is your definition of Communication in the context of your interest area?

3. How does study for the M.A. in Communication in our department fit into your short- and long-term goals and career aspirations?

4. Is there any other information, not covered elsewhere in your application, which you would like to share with the department's Graduate Admissions Committee?

Energy and Environmental Policy
Personal Statement.

1. MEEP applicants: Please submit a 1,000-word statement indicating your research interest.

2. Ph.D. applicants: Please submit a 1,000-1,500 word statement indicating your research interest.

English
Personal Statement.

1. What are your intellectual objectives and how will your proposed plan of graduate study relate to them? (The response to this essay is your "Personal Statement.")

2. Within English studies, are there areas of special interest to you? Please explain.

3. How will the resources at the University of Delaware (faculty and otherwise) help you to achieve your objectives and pursue you areas of interest?

Exceptional Children and Youth
Personal Statement.

Choose one of these options for this essay requirement:
1. Select an important problem facing individuals with disabilities or the schools, teachers, or other people who work with them and propose a solution to this problem

2. Describe an experience in your own life that influenced your decision to work with individuals with disabilities

3. Mail a brief paper that you submitted in a recent education course to the Office of Graduate and Professional Education who will add it to your admission file.

Finance
Personal Statement.

1. What are your career objectives and how will an MS in Finance help you achieve your goals?

2. Describe a particular challenging experience, and how you handled that experience.

3. Describe any special circumstances related to your academic record that you think the admissions committee should consider.

Hospitality Information Management
Personal Statement.

1. What are your future professional goals and how would this graduate degree help you to achieve them? (The response to this essay is your " Personal Statement.")

2. Within the hospitality field, are there areas of special interest to you?

3. Are there special circumstances related to your academic record, such as low GPA or low GRE/GMAT scores that you feel we should know about? Have you ever been convicted of a crime? If the answer is yes, explain the circumstances, give the dates of the offense(s) and discuss what you learned from the circumstance.

Liberal Studies

Personal Statement.

Submit a 3-5 page essay about your intellectual interests and life experiences and how you think these can be developed in the MALS program.

Physical Therapy

Personal Statement.

1. The Physical Therapist plays many roles in today's health care environment. Identify and explain what you perceive these roles to be from your volunteer or paid clinical experience. Cite a specific example of one physical therapist acting in many capacities.

2. Within the Physical Therapy field, are there areas of special interest to you? Please explain.

University of Massachusetts Amherst Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

Begin the Personal Statement or Statement of Purpose on the second page of the Application and continue it onto subsequent pages, if necessary. One can also print their entire Statement on separate sheets of paper, there by, allowing the applicant to use word processing packages in preparation of the document. Be sure that your name appears at the beginning along with the name of your desired program. If you are completing the on-line application, you have the option of submitting your Personal Statement at that time or mailing it via surface mail within two days of the electronic submission of the application.

Letters of Recommendation.

A minimum of two (Psychology and Sociology require three) letters of recommendation are required from individuals best suited to assess the applicant’s quality of academic performance and ability to perform scholarly research. Although the use of our Recommendation Form is not required, we do however, ask that the applicant complete the top portion of the form and give it to the referee. All recommendations will be considered non-confidential unless the applicant waives his/her right of access.

University of Michigan Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

A written description of your graduate study objectives. A personal statement for any additional information or extenuating circumstances is optional.

Letters of Recommendation.

Recommendations from people who are familiar with your work, in particular faculty members who have supervised your coursework or research.

University of Minnesota Graduate Application

Statement of Objectives.

State below your goals and objectives in relation to the proposed change.

* Clearly state area of interest
* State long term goals
* Opportunity to state educational / research accomplishments related to goals
* Include awards, literary prizes, publications
* Outline any teaching experience
* List language skills
* List leadership roles / volunteer work
* Focus on the positive
* Tailor to the specific program; mention faculty with whom you would like to study
* Follow directions (i.e. answer specific questions)
* Use correct paragraph construction, spelling and grammar to demonstrate writing ability
* Length: brief but informative, and stay within any stated page limits

Letters of Recommendation.

* Carefully choose recommenders
* Avoid using "influential" people or friends
* Ask faculty members who know you, your work, goals and accomplishments
* Keep in contact with faculty recommenders during your junior and senior years
* Ask the recommenders to include specifics, such as class rank, comparison ratings or specific research experience
* Highlight accomplishments not readily seen in the rest of the application
* Give recommenders lead time / provide postage
* Arrange for one extra letter as "insurance"

University of New Mexico Graduate Application

Letter of Intent.

This is your opportunity to tell the program faculty about yourself. It need not be extremely detailed, but should provide information about your areas of interest, previous experience, and goals. The graduate program to which you are applying can provide more information on its expectations.

Letters of Recommendation.

A minimum of three letters of recommendation are also required as part of any (i.e. paper or online) application. You are responsible for completing the blanks at the top of each letter of recommendation (name, program, etc.). The persons who recommended you may choose to return the sealed recommendations to you or directly to the department to which you are applying. Letters that are being directly submitted should be mailed to the graduate program to which you are applying – not to the Admissions Office. It is important that you provide to each person providing a recommendation a stamped envelope addressed to the department to which you are applying. This information ensures that all materials related to your application are easily identifiable.

University of Pennsylvania Graduate Application

School of Design

Personal Statement.

A personal statement, describing your interest in the field to which you are applying and your academic and career objectives, should be submitted on-line.

Writing Sample.

M.S. in Architecture and Ph.D. applicants must submit a sample (e.g. essay, research report) of their written work in English on the subject of their field of specialization in addition to their statement describing their plan of study. Applicants to the Master of Architecture II must submit two samples of writing and a description of their computing skills and software proficiency.

Letters of Recommendation.

A minimum of three letters of recommendation are required.  Letters of recommendation are submitted on-line. It is recommended that at least two (2) letters of recommendation be from college instructors. Applicants who have been out of school for several years may submit letters of recommendation from employers or others in a position to evaluate their professional abilities and academic potential.

School of Engineering & Applied Science

Bioengineering, Computer and Information Science, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Electrical and Systems Engineering, Material Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Personal Statement.

A personal statement, describing your interest in the field to which you are applying and your academic and career objectives, should be submitted on-line.

Letters of Recommendation.

Two (2) official letters of recommendation (one must be from a faculty member who is familiar with the candidate's scholarly abilities).

University of Rochester Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

What special field within the department interests you most? (**Limited to 240 characters.)

For what career are you preparing? (**Limited to 240 characters.)

Letters of Recommendation.

Provide the names, titles, and addresses of at least two present or former academic references whom you have asked to recommend you. In addition, if you have been employed six months or more, a letter from your supervisor may be desirable.

1. How long have you known the applicant? ______In what capacity?________________
2. The Admissions Committee will be very grateful for your estimate of the applicant’s preparation, aptitude, and creativity for independent work at the graduate level. Your comparison of the applicant with other students who have done graduate work at Rochester or your school would be particularly valuable.
3. Please comment on the applicant’s motivation, maturity, self-confidence, and strength of commitment as it relates to the chosen field of study.

Arts Science Engineering

Personal (and Research) Statement.

Please provide information about yourself, your career goals, reasons for entering your chosen field, area of interest in that field, and any research or clinical experience.

University of Southern California Graduate Application

Pharmacy: Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology (M.S.) and (Ph.D.), Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy (M.S.) and (Ph.D.), Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.S.) and (Ph.D.)

Personal Statement.

Please prepare a brief statement outlining your career goals, and why you believe that the USC School of Pharmacy graduate program will provide the excellence in graduate training that you seek. Do not include research experience in this statement. Do include description of your specific research goals, including faculty interests at USC that will help you achieve those goals. Include description of your immediate goals as a graduate student, and your long term goals after graduation. (approximately 500 words).

Dentistry
Essay Questions

1. Were you ever required to leave any school or college, or ever denied re-admission because of deficiencies in either conduct or scholarship? If yes, please explain. 750 Characters

2. If during your dental education you were ever on academic or disciplinary probation, suspended, or disqualified, please explain. 750 Characters

3. List honors or awards achieved in pre-dental, dental or professional school. 750 Characters

4. List extracurricular, community, or vocational activities in which you have participated. 750 Characters

5. Please list any professional experience, indicating the nature of the experience (private and/or associated practice, research, teaching) and the length of your involvement. Please supply appropriate contact information. 750 Characters

6. What are your future career goals? 750 Characters

7. Why did you select the University of Southern California to continue your dental education? 750 Characters

USC Rossier School of Education (RSOE)
Education

Essay Questions

1.  There has been much discussion lately about an "achievement gap" in K-12 education. What does that mean to you? What do you think are some of the reasons for the gap? What should be the role of a teacher relative to this "gap"? One Page Maximum

2. Describe an experience in which you found yourself changing your views about a significant topic or about a significant person in your life. What prompted the change? How did that change affect your thinking and your interactions with others? One Page Maximum

3. Write about an experience in which you demonstrated commitment and resilience. One Page Maximum

PASA, MFT, School Counseling, ME Educational Psychology/Instructional Technology, TESOL and TEFL Applicants
Essay Questions

Responses to all uploaded essay questions should be double-spaced, typewritten pages with 12-point font and 1" margins on all sides. Make sure your name and question number is at the top of every page in the document.

1. Please describe your educational, employment and/or personal background and how it relates to your interest in the program for which you are applying. Why have you chosen to apply to USC, specifically? What is it about USC's program that will facilitate your own growth and what unique contribution can you make to the program? Be sure to address your professional goals and how these goals can best be achieved through the program. Three Pages Maximum

2. PASA, MFT, Educational Psychology/Instructional Technology, and School Counseling Applicants Only: The mission of the Rossier School of Education is to strengthen urban education locally, nationally, and globally. For more information on our approach to transforming urban education, please visit our website at www.usc.edu/education. Reflecting on this mission, what assumptions, thoughts, and conclusions have you drawn about working in the urban context and what evidence from your own experiences, interests and abilities supports these thoughts and conclusions? In writing about urban education, many applicants consider issues of diversity, economics, equity and reform. Please also describe what role(s) you have played and/or will play as a leader and/or change agent. Two Pages Maximum

Optional: Is there anything else you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your first two essays and application materials represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. You may use this space to address any deficiencies or other conditions you feel may be important in the review of your application. Two Pages Maximum

Ed.D. Applicants
Essay Questions

Responses to all uploaded essay questions should be double-spaced, typewritten pages with 12-point font and 1" margins on all sides. Make sure your name and question number is at the top of every page in the document.

1. Discuss your short-term and long-term professional career goals. When combined with an Ed.D. degree from the USC Rossier School of Education, how will your previous professional and educational experiences allow you to achieve these goals? Also, please tell us why you have chosen to apply to the Rossier School and what you will contribute to the Ed.D. program if offered admission. Two Pages Maximum

2. What are the most pressing needs and promising opportunities in your concentration of choice (from question #1)? As an educational leader, how would you respond to these challenges and contribute to the advancement of your concentration area? Two Pages Maximum

Optional: Is there anything else you think we should know as we evaluate your application? If you believe your first two essays and application materials represent you fairly, you should not feel obligated to answer this question. You may use this space to address any deficiencies or other conditions you feel may be important in the review of your application. Two Pages Maximum

Ph.D. Applicants
Essay Questions

Responses to all uploaded essay questions should be double-spaced, typewritten pages with 12-point font and 1" margins on all sides. Make sure your name and question number is at the top of every page in the document.

1. List specific research topics that interest you (50 word maximum)

2. State your specific career goals upon completing your Ph.D. (50 word maximum)

3. Statement of Intellectual Interests and Academic Plan. The statement should address your research interests and professional goals and the ways you believe they are consistent with the goals and orientation of the Ph.D. program. (3 to 5 pages)

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
Essay Questions

Please upload an essay, not to exceed two (2) pages, describing your interest and skills, goals and professional accomplishments, including why you are choosing a graduate degree.

MAII applicants: Please include your current understanding of the profession of Occupational Therapy.

Psychology Ph.D. Applicants
Personal Statement

Please upload your statement of purpose in the "Supporting Documents" section of this application, if you haven't already done so. Your statement of purpose should discuss:

1. Your present interests in psychology

2. Any direct experience you have had with psychological work (research assistantships, volunteer work, etc.)

3. What you hope to be doing in the field of psychology ten years from now

4. Ways in which your experiences and courses have influenced your intellectual development and interest in psychology

Scholarship Questions
1. Describe how your personal history and family background have influenced your intellectual and professional development. Explain how your educational, economic and cultural opportunities and challenges will impact your future educational and professional endeavors. (500 word maximum)

2. State your professional goals and aspirations. (250 word maximum)

3. Please provide any additional information that you feel the scholarship committee should consider when reviewing your application for scholarship awards. (500 word maximum)

University of Texas–Austin Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

Describe your reasons for pursuing graduate study and your academic and professional interests and goals. Attach an additional page if necessary.

Letters of Recommendation.

Letters of recommendation are required for almost all applications to graduate school. Most graduate programs use our online recommendation system. Check with the graduate program to which you are applying to determine how to submit your letters.

University of Virginia Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

Include a statement of purpose, using a word processor or typewriter, preferably, but in black ink otherwise.

In the statement of purpose, briefly explain why you want to pursue an advanced degree. This is your opportunity to explain

* why you have chosen to go to graduate school,

* what your particular interests are

* why you have chosen U.Va.

Clearly express your thoughts in an organized and focused way.

Letters of Recommendation.

Two letters of recommendation in sealed envelopes with the recommender's signature over the sealed flap (several departments require three letters). You should offer our letter of recommendation form to recommenders, with which they can compose their letters. Whenever possible, letters of recommendation should be sought from professors who

* have taught your classes in your major subject field

* are sufficiently familiar with your work to make a comprehensive evaluation of your abilities.

If you have already begun graduate study, at least one of these letters should be from a current professor who is familiar with your performance in graduate school.

For the reviewer:
We would appreciate your candid evaluation of the applicant’s potential to succeed in a graduate program at the University of Virginia. How well do you know the student and in what capacity? Has the student mastered the required background information for graduate school? Do they have the maturity and motivation to succeed? How well do they express themselves in speech and writing? We welcome any comments that will help provide a complete picture of the applicant’s potential in graduate school. Please feel free to use separate sheets if you desire.

Virginia Tech Graduate Application

Academic and Professional Goals Statement.

Please attach a 3 to 4 page double-spaced personal statement which includes the following:

Why do you want to undertake graduate work?

What do you expect to derive from your program of study?

If you have a concentration in mind, briefly outline your interests in this area.

What do you expect to contribute as a student and, subsequently, as a member of the profession?

Letters of Recommendation.

3 letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the academic department to which you are applying. We request that your references complete the attached

Reference to Complete
Give your opinion of the applicant’s academic and research abilities, providing examples where appropriate. Please indicate how long you have known the applicant, and in what capacity. If applicable, please comment on any special leadership/administrative abilities the applicant may have. Use this page or attach a separate document for your assessment.

Washington University in St. Louis Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

All doctoral applicants should upload a Statement of Purpose. This Statement of Purpose should include your previous professional/research experience, current research interests and long term career goals. Full-time master’s applicants are encouraged to also upload a Statement of Purpose.

Letters of Recommendation.

For the Referee:

What is your estimate of the applicant's promise as a graduate student? Please give your views on such matters as previous accomplishments, intellectual independence, capacity for analytical thinking, ability to work with others, experimental competence, ability to organize and express ideas clearly, drive and motivation. If the applicant's native language is not English, please comment on his/her speaking, reading and writing competence in the English language. If additional space is needed, please feel free to attach your answer on a separate sheet.

University of Wisconsin–Madison Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

The Statement of Purpose is possibly the most important component of your graduate school application packet. This is your opportunity to inform and convince the admissions committee that you are the right candidate for the program and you have what it takes to succeed. Be specific about your interest and knowledge particular to this program: Have you read an article by one or more faculty member? Has your advisor specifically directed you to this program? Do you have other ties to this program and /or school? Pick out the pertinent facts about your academic and professional interests that make you a good fit with the program and institution to which you are applying. (A statement of purpose is not a place to list everything you have done.) Mention extra-curricular achievements to illustrate additional dimensions of your personality.

Demonstrate curiosity, creativity, enthusiasm for learning, a capacity for teamwork, ability to think independently, and pride in your work. Using brief anecdotes is a good way to make your points. Explain (briefly) any incongruity in your application material; GRE scores or a low semester grade. Stay within the page limit specified by the graduate program. If there are no specifications, limit yourself to two pages. Be succinct and clear.

Yale University Graduate Application

Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Personal Statement of Purpose.

A 500-1000 word statement concerning your past work, preparation for the intended field of study, relevant background and interests, academic plans, and career objectives is required. It should be used to describe your reasons for applying to the particular Yale department or program. This statement may assist the admissions committee in evaluating your aptitude and motivation for graduate study.

Letters of Recommendation.

Three letters of recommendation are required from individuals who can evaluate your academic work, intellectual ability, and/or academic potential for graduate work. At least one recommendation should originate from a faculty member of the last institution you attended as a full-time student. You may submit more than three letters of recommendation.

Yale University School of Nursing
Admissions
Essay.

Please address the following items in one comprehensive essay, discussed in the order listed, limiting your entire essay to two pages (single-spaced) using a font size that is easily read, 11-12 characters per inch. This essay is evaluated on the basis of composition, clarity of thought, ability to follow instructions, and responses to the following questions. Please answer each question thoroughly; do not skip any question or portion of a question.

1. Discuss the development of your interest in graduate education in nursing, specifically:

Why are you choosing to pursue a career as an advanced practice nurse in a given specialty, such as midwifery, acute care nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, etc.? Why have you chosen this career rather than an advanced degree in another health field?

Describe observations or work experiences you have had with advanced practice nurses in this specialty and how those experiences have influenced your decision.

How does your background relate to this decision?

2. Describe your interactions with people in regard to health issues, illness or in crisis situations and how those events contributed to your decision to pursue graduate nursing education.

3. Discuss your familiarity with the research process and its relevance to advanced practice nursing. If you have had specific research experience, describe the project and the extent of your participation. Undergraduate and independent study projects may be included.

4. Advanced practice nursing requires the not only the ability to assess patients and situations, but also personal insight and reflection. Please provide a balanced assessment of your personal characteristics including strengths, weaknesses, and areas you are working to improve. Describe how these characteristics influence your individual and group interactions, with particular emphasis on your interpersonal style, leadership, and membership qualities, and those characteristics that influence the way others view you.

5. Describe responsibilities that you expect to continue or assume, such as part-time work, etc., in addition to your role as a student.

6. Describe significant life experiences that have contributed to your development, such as honors, activities, and accomplishments that make you a unique applicant. Be sure to include cross-cultural experiences, travel, hobbies, etc. that might influence your contributions to advanced practice nursing.

Letters of Recommendation.

Three letters of recommendation with the YSN recommendation form. (Extra references are discouraged.). An instructional form (print double-sided if possible) should be given to each person preparing a letter. Please seek references from individuals who are or have been in a position to objectively evaluate academic or work performance. (Letters on-file at your college or university can be used in lieu of one reference, even if the file contains more than one letter.

Yale School of Public Health
Statement of Purpose and Objectives.

The statement of purpose and objectives is intended to give you the opportunity to submit a narrative to each school to which you are applying describing your past education, experience, and current professional career objectives. You are encouraged to comment on any or all of the following: plans you have to use your education and training; the needs and/or challenges you perceive as important in your field of study; and any personal qualities, characteristics, and skills you believe will enable you to be successful in your chosen field of study. If you wish to send different essays to different schools, you may save each essay individually in the online application and may upload the statement to the appropriate schools.

Your statements(s) must be limited to approximately 1500 words. You are encouraged to compose your statement in a text-only word processor (e.g., Notepad, not Word), review your statement for errors, then cut and paste the final version into the text box. Please see our full instructions online for more complete formatting instructions.

Letters of Recommendation.

Three letters of reference are required by SOPHAS but you may select up to five people to write letters of reference for your SOPHAS application. The participating schools of public health have individual policies regarding how many letters are required and who should be listed as a recommender, so be sure to contact the schools of public health to which you plan to apply before you contact your recommenders to ask about the individual schools’ letter of recommendation policies.

Yale Institute of Sacred Music
Personal Statement

A personal statement not to exceed 700 words explaining reasons for your interest in theological study at ISM/YDS. Include your preparation for or interest in the academic programs in liturgical studies, in religion and the arts, or in preaching and/or interest in and preparation for the ministry in common formation with musicians.

Writing Sample.

A writing sample of 5–6 pages representing the best of your academic writing and thinking. A portion of a senior thesis or term paper is acceptable.

Letters of Recommendation.

Three letters of recommendation are required.

Birmingham University Post Graduate Application

Personal statement.

Personal statement, approximately one side of A4 in length, explaining why you are interested in studying on your chosen programme. Please include additional information you consider relevant to your application (eg. why you are interested in the programme and the University of Birmingham, plus relevant skills and experience).

References.

To the Referee:

Two academic references (or if appropriate to the programme applied for, one could be from your employer).

Please write the reference in the space provided or submit it on official headed paper and attach to this form. It would be helpful if you could include in your reference the following information:

Length of time and capacity in which you have known the applicant.

Applicant’s qualifications, level of performance and results (or expected results).

If possible, please indicate the applicant’s overall ranking in class compared to other students following the same degree programme.

Your assessment of the applicant’s potential or suitability to undertake the programme applied for.

The applicant’s motivation and intellectual capacity.

If the applicant is/was employed by your organisation, their duties and standard of work.

If the applicant’s first language is not English, whether you consider his/her ability to read, write, speak and comprehend English adequate for the programme applied for.

Any other information you think relevant and which you feel would assist the University in making its decision.

Bradford University Post Graduate Application

Personal statement.

Please give details of any other experience/information which you consider relevant to this application and a statement explaining why you feel qualified to study for the degree and how you expect to benefit from it (continue on a separate sheet if necessary).

References.

Give the names, addresses and status of two referees (at least one whom should be from the institution from which you obtained your academic qualifications) who can comment on your ability and capability for advanced study.

Bristol University Post Graduate Application

Personal statement.

Please use this section to explain the reasons for your choice of university, why you think you are a suitable candidate for your chosen programme of study and how your choice of research fits with your future career plans.

Please use this section to describe the reasons for your choice of research project and why this is important to you. Please also explain the reasons for your choice of university, why you think you are a suitable candidate for your chosen programme of study and how your choice of research fits with your future career plans. Some Schools/Departments have special requirements for this section, or do not require it to be completed. Please contact them for details.

Research Training and Experience.

To help us plan programme provision, please tell us whether you have had any training in specific research methods that you anticipate employing e.g. qualitative or statistical techniques.

Brunel University Post Graduate Application

Taught Programs

Personal statement.

Please provide any other relevant information to support your application. Continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

For example: why you chose the course, why Brunel University, how this course will contribute towards your future career plans.

Research Programs

Personal statement.

Research Please provide a brief description of the research areas you are interested in. Applicants applying for a pre-arranged research project need only provide the title. If you have been asked to provide a full research proposal, this should be attached.

References.

I. One academic reference from your most recent place of study, e.g. school, college or university

II. A reference from your present/recent employer (where applicable)

In your written reference please give as much information as possible about the applicant’s technical and/or academic suitability for the course applied for. Please highlight whether you think the applicant is capable of working independently and whether you think the applicant will succeed on the course and will benefit from it.

University of Derby Post Graduate Application

Personal statement.

You are invited to use this opportunity to provide information in support of your application including previous areas of study, areas of research, reasons for applying for this programme and how you would benefit from it. You may also include non-academic aspects of your experience, including hobbies/interests, participation in any clubs/societies, voluntary community work, parenting etc.

University of Edinburgh Post Graduate Application

Taught Programs

Personal statement.

This should include why you feel you are qualified to enter the programme and how you think it may affect your career prospects. If you are applying for a Masters programme and your chosen programme has more than one area of specialism or theme you should indicate here which area(s) you wish to specialise in(max 3500 chars – approx. 500 words)

Relevant Knowledge/Training Skills.

This may include details of required laboratory, computer programming, specialised software packages skills or voluntary work that you have undertaken pertinent to the programme. If you have not yet finished your first degree, please tell us about the programme of study you are taking (max 3500 chars – approx. 500 words).

Research Programs

Research Topic.

A brief indication of your likely topic (this is in addition to the full research proposal requested earlier in the application form) max 3500 chars – approx. 500 words.

Published Work.

Please give details (title of article, journal, volume, year of publication)

Reference.

The University requires a dated reference with your name and position clearly stated on letterheaded paper, if uploading the document onto the EUCLID system or as an e-mail attachment. If sending the reference as an email, please send it preferably from the e-mail address at the institution or organisation you are representing. In addition, please provide, as a minimum, key identifying information such as the applicant’s name and programme applied to and, if known, the applicant’s UUN (EUCLID identifier), the School applied to and the proposed date of admission.

To assist you, please find below the points which the University would like you to consider when composing your reference:
1. In what capacity have you known the applicant, and for how long? For previous students or employees, please also indicate how long ago.

2. Assess, as appropriate, the applicant's abilities in terms of: analytical reasoning; ability to grasp concepts; ability to work independently; ability to argue cogently; originality; industry; motivation; perseverance; breadth of interest; technical competence.

3. Comment, as appropriate, on the applicant's responsiveness to supervision/mentoring; responsiveness to constructive criticism, capacity for self-evaluation; ability to work with others; ability to organise work.

4. Comment on any academic or professional experience that you consider relevant to the qualification applied for.

5. If appropriate, indicate how confident you are that the applicant is likely to complete successfully the qualification aimed for. Please indicate how strongly you are supporting this application – not strongly, strongly or very strongly.

6. If appropriate, comment on any postgraduate study or other forms of training already undertaken or in progress.

For Academic Referees.
7. If the applicant has yet to graduate, please indicate the degree result which, in your opinion, would most accurately reflect the applicant's abilities.

8. If possible, indicate the applicant's ranking compared to other students on the same course or compared to other students you have taught (for example, 5th in a class of 80 students; in the top 15 per cent of students taught).

For Non Academic Referees

9. Please indicate how long the applicant has been/was working within your institution or organisation. If possible, please rate the applicant’s performance compared to peers at the same stage of career.

10. If possible, indicate the applicant’s capacity to undertake new projects or pieces of work and their promptness to respond to these.

University of Exeter Post Graduate Application

Personal statement.

Please provide further information in support of your application. This should include your reasons for wanting to undertake postgraduate study, an explanation of your choice of programme and any previous experience of academic research or academic study at higher-level. Please feel free to include any other information you feel would support your application. This section must be completed. Continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

Reference.

To the Referee:

Please supply the following details and complete PART C overleaf.
1. How long have you known the applicant? Have you taught the applicant yourself and, if so, what subject and for how long?
2. If the applicant has not yet graduated, what class or grade of degree do you expect them to obtain?
3. Would the applicant be eligible to proceed to higher degree study in your university?
4. Do you consider the applicant to have sufficient background knowledge of the subject proposed to proceed directly to independent research with guidance from an academic supervisor or would the applicant be better suited to a taught programme?
Please give your written reference here or attach a statement on official headed paper.

Glasgow Caledonian University Post Graduate Application

Personal statement.

Give any other information you wish in support of your application, including information offered in lieu of formal academic qualifications e.g. relevant experience for mature students. Include a list of your publications (if applicable). Continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

Reference.

The Referee report is an important part of the selection process and the information you give will aid admission tutors in making their decisions. Your report will be treated in the strictest confidence. Your reference should cover the following points.
1. Suitability for the programme(s) applied for.
2. Previous and potential academic performance.
3. Career aspirations.
4. Any other personal circumstances relevant to the application.

Imperial College of Science Post Graduate Application

Personal statement.

Selectors place particular importance on the personal statement. Tell us why you are interested in the subject for which you have applied. Describe your academic interests and reasons for applying to Imperial College.

Reference.

Two recent references: You need to provide details of 2 referees on page 1 of the form, at least one of which must be academic (although certain courses may stipulate additional professional references). It is also possible for the system to contact your referees and for them to send in their reference electronically, which will then attach to your record. Please note that you are responsible for liaison with referees.

Liverpool University Post Graduate Application

Research Programs

Personal statement.

Your potential supervisors will use your Personal Statement to help them make a decision on your application and in particular your suitability for the research you
have chosen. This is your opportunity to explain why you wish to undertake this research; it should not be written as a narrative but as an explanation of your
interests and your future plans. You should include:

• your interest and experience in this subject area
• your reasons for choosing this particular project area and this particular University
• your future aim or career plan
• how the research project connects to your future plan.

Taught Programs

Personal statement.

Your potential supervisors will use your Personal Statement to help them make a decision on your application and in particular your suitability for the research you
have chosen. This is your opportunity to explain why you wish to undertake this research; it should not be written as a narrative but as an explanation of your
interests and your future plans. You should include:

• your interest and experience in this subject area
• your reasons for choosing this particular project area and this particular University
• your future aim or career plan
• how the course of study connects to your future plan.

Reference.

Two reference forms: It is your responsibility to provide the names and addresses of two referees who have agreed to act on your behalf and can provide
an academic ability reference. At least one referee should be a member of the institution at which you last studied. Please approach your referees before you make your application and ask them to provide sealed references for you to submit with your application form.

Loughborough University Post Graduate Application

Research Programs

Personal statement.

Please describe your proposed area of research and provide details on an additional sheet.

The proposed area of research should usually be in the form of an initial research proposal of approximately 500 words, including an outline of your research interests, your initial thoughts about a topic, references to previous work, the methodology and general approach you wish to take.

You should also indicate how this research will make an original contribution to knowledge. Some departments require you to complete a more detailed proposal before they can make a final decision on your application. Check to see if this applies to the department you are applying to.

If you do not have a firm research proposal you should still provide as much information as possible with your application including possible topic areas, and intended source of funding.

If you have already reached an agreement with your prospective department about a particular topic, or are applying for a specific vacancy, you need only provide brief details of that project on your application form.

Reference.

1. The names and addresses, (and where possible email addresses) of two referees are needed.
2. Please make sure that the persons you give as your referees are willing and able to provide a reference for you.
3. Please submit two references together with your application form. The references should be in sealed envelopes, with the referee’s signature across the seal to ensure origin and confidentiality.

Middlesex University Post Graduate Application

General

Personal statement.

You are advised to complete this section as fully as possible and with particular care. In many cases this may be the only contact you have with the admissions tutors and your statement will be assessed as part of the admissions process. As a guide your personal statement should cover topics such as your reasons for applying to your desired programme(s), your previous educational and employment experiences, personal qualities, future goals and career aspirations. Please attach a type written sheet or continue on a separate sheet if necessary.

Reference.

Give the names, positions and addresses of two persons who are able to provide references in support of your application who have knowledge of your ability to undertake the proposed study. The first reference should be academic and the second character reference can be from an employer or other source.

MBA

About Yourself.

Please write in this space any further information on your life experience. Please use a continuation page if necessary

Reference.

You should nominate two referees:
• an academic who can vouch for your performance on your degree;
• someone who can comment on your performance in a recent employment. It need not be your current employer.

Project Management

Personal Statement.

Please ensure that you enclose a personal statement with your application which should outline why you wish to apply for this course. Your statement should be typed and should include:

• Your reasons for choosing the programme of study

• The knowledge and skills you have obtained through your work and/or education (whether paid, voluntary or domestic) which might be relevant to the programme of study

• The work experiences and/or personal developments which have been most important to you

• The challenges facing you in your studies, work and personal career development

• Your future career plans

The University of Sheffield Post Graduate Application

Taught Programs: MA, MSc, PGCE, MMus, Ed, MBA, MSc (Eng), BMedSci, MMedSci, DipSW, LLM, MArch, MMet

Personal statement.

Please attach a separate statement in support of your application (min. 300 words). Attach this information securely to your application and write your name and course applied for on each additional sheet. We will not be able to make a decision on your application without it.

Among the things you may wish to include are:

• why you are applying for this course

• how your previous education and experience relates to this course of study

• how this course fits into your long-term academic or career plans

Research Programs

Personal statement.

Please attach a separate statement in support of your application. Attach this information securely to your application and write your name and programme applied for on each additional sheet. We will not be able to make a decision on your application without it.

Your statement should include details of the area of research you wish to pursue.

In subject areas such as science, engineering and medicine, where the programme of research may link into an ongoing research project, include a brief outline of the area(s) of interest along with the name of preferred supervisor(s), if known. You should also explain why you wish to pursue this area of research, and provide
supplementary information on any experience, training or skills you may have gained from your previous education or employment.

Applicants for research within the humanities and social sciences are required to provide an outline research proposal. This proposal should be about 500–1000 words in length and should incorporate the following information:

• Title of proposed thesis

• The main aims of your research (eg why you think it is worth doing)

• Identification of links to any previous work or hypothesis

• Any resources available and any required

• The methods of research proposed (eg survey, case studies.) and a plan and timetable of work.

You should also explain why you wish to pursue this area of research, and provide supplementary information on any experience, training or skills you may have gained from your previous education or employment.

Reference.

You can ask your referees to provide a signed and sealed reference (on headed paper from their academic institution) or you can ask them to complete the PG Reference Form, available as a download from www.sheffield.ac.uk/postgraduate. Your referees can then either send the references to you to attach to your
application, or they can send them directly to us.

To the Referee:

Please give your personal opinion on the applicant’s ability and suitability to undertake postgraduate study in particular his/her previous academic achievements, particularly in comparison to those of his/her peers, as well as any distinct strengths and weaknesses (e.g. motivation, commitment, independence, ability to work
under sustained pressure).

Where the applicant’s first language is not English, please give your opinion on his/her standard of proficiency in written and oral English.

The University of Sussex Post Graduate Application

Academic Interests.

Please ensure you complete this section otherwise your application will be delayed.

1. All taught degree applicants (e.g. MA, MSc): please give your reasons for applying and a description of your major interests.

2. MSc Comparative and Cross-Cultural / Social Research Methods: please provide a short statement setting out the subject of your proposed research.

3. All research applicants in the humanities and social sciences (MPhil and DPhil): please attach a statement setting out the subject of your proposed research, the reason why you have chosen that research topic, the manner in which you envisage approaching your research and whether you would prefer any particular supervisor.

4. All research applicants in science and engineering research (MPhil and DPhil): please indicate the general area of your proposed research. If any particular project(s) would be of interest to you, and/or if you would prefer any particular supervisor, please indicate.

Taught Programmes.

This is your opportunity to explain the reasons why you are applying for this programme. Please outline your special academic interests and your purpose and
objective in undertaking postgraduate study. This information is important in the selection process.

Research Proposal.

If you are applying for a research degree you will need a research proposal and if you are particularly interested in the work of one of our members of faculty or a research team you may wish to consider requesting a particular supervisor. The amount of detail required in a research proposal varies between subjects. Social science and humanities subjects tend to require a highly developed research proposal giving a clear outline of the specific research area. However, in some science subjects it is more usual to outline a general area of interest, as the nature of the research discipline is more tied to ongoing research projects, the availability of experimental equipment, etc. Again a discussion with an academic contact in the department will help clarify the right level of detail for your research proposal. Please also provide details of any publications and of any other research experience and/or relevant preliminary reading that you have already undertaken.

Reference.

To the Referee:

In your reference, please provide an evaluation of the applicant’s intellectual abilities. If possible please indicate the results he/she has obtained in degree examinations to date. If the applicant has not yet graduated please give a predication of the likely degree result. If the applicant’s first language is not English please indicate whether his/her English is adequate for postgraduate study.

The University of Aberdeen Post Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

Please enter below a personal statement by yourself which could include: details of your aptitude for study; details of any relevant practical experience, responsibilities, study abroad; outside interests; reasons for wishing to study at the University of Aberdeen; where appropriate, reasons for wishing to visit the UK etc.

For Research Students Only: If known, please give an outline summary of your proposed area of research in no more than 300 words

Academic Reference.

For Research Programmes (PhD, MPhil etc) two references are required. For Taught Programmes (MBA, MSc, MLitt etc) applicants from a UK institution are not required to supply references. Applicants with a first degree from outwith the UK are required to submit one reference only.

The University of Bath Post Graduate Application

Personal Statement

Taught Program.

Please tell us about any relevant professional experience you have, and about your reasons for wishing to study on this course. Attach another sheet/CV if
necessary.

Research Program.

Please use this space to tell us about your research interests in as much detail as possible. If you have a full research proposal, you should write it here, or attach
another sheet. (A research proposal is not applicable for the Department of Biology & Biochemistry. Please contact the Department directly for further advice). Please list your publications/reports, if any, and tell us if you wish to work with a particular member of staff at the University.

Academic Reference.

Give the details of two referees below. Please note that at least one of them MUST be somebody who knows you in an academic context, and who is qualified to comment on your suitability for your chosen area/course of study. The second referee may be someone who knows you in a relevant work context. Character or personal references are UNACCEPTABLE.

To the Referee:

1 Number of years for which the candidate has been known to you and in what capacity

2 Academic ability of candidate; Other comments about the overall academic ability of the candidate

3 Comments relevant to candidate’s ability to work independently and to produce a thesis or dissertation at the required level

4 Any further relevant information

Edinburgh Napier University Post Graduate Application

Personal Statement

It is important that applicants submit a Personal Statement with their application. The Personal Statement is used to tell us why you are interested in the subject for
which you have applied. In your statement, please include information describing your academic interests, relevant work experience and reasons for applying to Edinburgh Napier University.

Reference.

Please enter the details of the educational referee. This should be an individual who is capable of commenting on your capacity to cope with the academic demands of the programme for which you are applying.

University of Brighton Post Graduate Application

Programs:  MA, MSc, MBA, PGCert, PGDip, PGCE Post Compulsory Education, Certificate in Management, Diploma and Executive Diploma in Management, ACCA Professional Course, CPE (Common Professional Examination), TESOL Diploma

Personal Statement

Enter here any further information you may wish to offer in support of your application. Admissions Tutors will be interested in your reasons for choosing the course(s) listed in Section 4, your career aspirations, and relevant experience and information concerning your intellectual, social, sporting or other interests. You should also give details here of any non-examined subjects you are studying. If you have been out of education for some time, please outline any relevant experience that may also be taken into account in lieu of formal qualifications, either at home or in voluntary or paid work. It may also be helpful to explain any breaks in your career. If you are applying for deferred entry (i.e. a year beyond the next academic year), please give your reasons for so doing.

Reference.

Your referee should know you well enough to write about you and your suitability for postgraduate study. The reference should not be written by a family member, other relatives or friends. References are often provided by a responsible person who knows you; this could be an employer or an academic from higher education.

Postgraduate/Post-experience courses
In order that we can evaluate an applicant’s academic and intellectual capacity, your reference should if possible cover:

1 Suitability for the course(s) applied for

2 Intellectual qualities including:

a) development to date and previous examination performance with special reference to any factors which may in your opinion have adversely influenced the result.

b) present performance

c) potential, including an assessment of the probable results of any pending examinations.

3 Personal qualities, such as motivation, powers of analysis, communication skills and independent thought

4 Career aspirations

5 Health and other personal circumstances relevant to the application

6 Athletic, social and other interests

Postgraduate Research Programmes

We would value your opinion on:

1 the applicant's suitability for the chosen field of study,

2 his/her aptitude for original work, and

3 (for overseas students) an estimate of proficiency in English

If you knew the applicant as a student: details of academic performance and of any project or research-based work undertaken by the student in the final year, with an indication of whether you consider these details to be a true reflection of the applicant's abilities

If you are the applicant's present or former employer: an outline of responsibilities and an appraisal of competence and initiative.

If the applicant has applied for a Professional Doctorate the current employer must confirm your agreement to allow access to the work-based research and that you will allow the applicant to meet the commitments of the research programme.

University of Buckingham Post Graduate Application

Writing Sample

Please write at least 200 words on the following topic (please continue on a separate sheet if necessary):

Why I want to study my chosen programme

why I want to study at Buckingham”

Reference.

Referees to answer these questions:

Length of time you have known the applicant:

In what capacity:

Please write your assessment here and return the completed form to the address shown at the beginning of this section.

University of Cambridge Post Graduate Application

Personal Statement

In not more than 500 words, please describe below how your interests and achievements, both academic and extra-curricular, demonstrate a capacity for leadership, commitment to using your knowledge to serve your community and to applying your talents to improve the lives of others. Candidates who wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship MUST complete this section. Please note that this information is taken into account for candidates who wish to be considered for awards offered by the Cambridge Trusts but is NOT considered as part of your application for the course.

Career Goals and Future Aspirations

Please give an outline of your future career plans and intentions and explain how your proposed studies in Cambridge will help you achieve these aims.

For Part-time Research Degrees

If you propose to study for a part-time research degree, please state your reasons for wishing to study part-time here. If you intend to remain in employment while studying, give details.

Applicants for PhD

Please provide summary details of research proposal or reason for applying for the course. If you wish to work under a particular supervisor, state that person’s name.

Reference.

Applicants must submit two academic references with their application. If applying for funding from the Cambridge Trusts, applicants should submit an additional, ‘Personal Reference’. If necessary, it is acceptable for one of the academic referees to also write the personal reference. However, it is important that the personal reference is written by someone who can comment on the applicants non-academic abilities (particularly the applicant's leadership potential and social commitment, which are important criteria for the Gates Cambridge Scholarships) and ideally by someone who is also aware of the strong competition for places at Cambridge.

Please give below your candid assessment of the applicant’s personal and social qualities, achievements, future plans and any other factors relevant to the application for awards from the Trusts. The Trustees are looking for applicants with outstanding academic records but also with personal qualities that mark them out as potential leaders capable of making significant contributions to society. Unqualified praise, without due evidence to support it, is unlikely to help the Trusts identify the best candidates for these awards. The Trustees attach the greatest importance to the personal reference, warmly thank referees in advance for their help and apologise that the number of applications prevents them from acknowledging receipt of this reference.

Are the applicant’s qualifications appropriate for the course of graduate study or research at Cambridge, and in what ways will the proposed study be relevant to the need of the applicant’s country?

In not more than 300 words, plus a brief summary, please give below your candid assessment of the applicant’s academic merit and potential, together with comments on his or her social commitment, achievements and future plans. Leadership potential and a commitment to help society will be as significant as academic merit in identifying and short-listing the best candidates for awards from the Cambridge Trusts.

Please provide below a short summary/précis of your full assessment.

Adelaide University Post Graduate Application

Law School

Statement of Purpose.

The Statement of Purpose should contain no more than 1000 words, detailing why the candidate is interested in undertaking a law degree and how the knowledge gained will shape his/her future.

Reference.

To the Referee:

How long have you known the applicant?

In what connection have you known the applicant?

Please describe in detail how you know the applicant and why you think they would succeed in our graduate studies programs.

What is the applicant’s greatest strength?

What is the applicant’s greatest weakness?

Australian National University Post Graduate Application

Doctor of Philosophy, John Curtin School of Medical Research

Statement of Purpose.

Briefly describe the particular area of research in which you are interested. (If you wish to undertake research in Music, please include any instrument details). If possible, attach a research proposal discussing the field/topic that you would like to pursue. This should be a maximum length of one page.

Reference.

If you apply to study in the following Graduate Programs you should provide details of two referees: Political Science and International Relations; Psychology; Resource Management and Environmental Science and Scientific Communication.

If you apply to study Epidemiology and Population Health you must provide three referees.

For all other programs please consult program material to determine if you are required to provide referee reports.

* At least one referee must be a member of academic staff who is able to comment on your work during the qualification most relevant to this application

* If you are also basing this application on relevant work experience/training, at least one of your referees must be able to comment on your relevant experience.

* Referees must be qualified to speak with knowledge about your work during the qualification most relevant to this application and on your capacity for research.

* You must also provide contact details of your referees on this application form and ask them to submit their written reports directly to the University with a "Referee's Questionnaire" form.

Bond University Post Graduate Application

Doctor of Philosophy (Humanities and Social Sciences)

Statement of Research Interest

Prior to formal application, applicants need to give consideration to the specific research topic they wish to investigate. After consultation with a member of academic staff, the applicants for the PhD should write a brief statement (1000-1500 words) indicating the area in which the research is to be conducted. This statement should include:
* a proposed topic;
* prior research conducted by the applicant that relates to the proposal;
* previous publications by the candidate that relate to the proposal;
* literature references that provide relevant background;
* possible research methodologies (where relevant); and
* the name of a potential supervisor within the Faculty.

Reference.

Two written references where the referee evaluates the student, addressing in the top how many % of students s/he rates the applicant (eg top 5%, top 10% etc) AND name/contact details of referees so that the University can contact the referees for more information if it is needed.

Coursework Degree

Supporting Statement.

The following question has no ‘correct’ answer, but may be helpful in the processing of your application. The question is about how you see your future. Please type, or write clearly. Attach a separate sheet if more space is required.

What are your future goals and ambitions?

Career Objectives and Goals – optional (but will assist with your application).

Indicate your career objectives; be as specific as you can. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Indicate the benefits you expect to gain from your proposed program; be as explicit as possible.

Research Degree

Research Proposal.

A research proposal including title of research and a minimum 2-3 page proposal on the research area, a proposed research methodology (if known), a proposed timeline for the research including progress milestones and key writings in the area.

In the case of Health Sciences and Medicine, a statement of their research interest is sufficient as a research area will be allocated by the Faculty.

MBA

Essays.

MBA and EMBA Candidates are required to submit two essays (500 words each) to gauge leadership potential.

1. Write down a brief description of a situation in which you feel you were at your “personal best” as a leader. The situation may be with a current or previous employer. It may be from your professional or social life. The situation may involve you as a formally appointed leader or an emergent leader. In answering this question, consider what leadership actions you took, the factors that caused this situation to be your personal best, the outcomes of your leadership and the major morals or lesson about leadership that you learned from this experience.

2. Indicate your career objectives; be as specific as you can. Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Flinders University Post Graduate Application

Master of Psychology (Clinical)

Content of Employment (except Research)

Please describe the content of any paid employment which you have listed above and which involved activities in the area of psychology. Do not attach additional sheets, nor enlarge box.

Research Activities.

Please indicate any research activities (other than theses/dissertations) in which you have been involved. (Publications can be listed in a later section.) Do not attach additional sheets nor enlarge box.

Please describe other kinds of experience which you consider to be relevant, such as voluntary work. In each case, please indicate how long you have been/were involved in the activity and estimate your hours per week of involvement. Do not attach additional sheets nor enlarge box.

Please indicate areas of clinical psychology in which you have a particular interest and where you might seek employment. Do not attach additional sheets nor enlarge box.

Outline your reasons for applying for this postgraduate course. Do not attach additional sheets nor enlarge box.

Please list any publications which you have produced (do not enlarge box but attach extra sheets if necessary).

Research Proposal.

Attach a research proposal, approximately 500 words in length, which details the problem, hypothesis or question that you will examine, and the methodology or approach that you will use and the anticipated resources required for the research project to be viable. You are strongly advised to prepare your research proposal in consultation with a potential supervisor.

Macquarie University Post Graduate Application

Master of Business Administration

Personal Aims and Achievements

Please attach a succinct typed one-page statement, including details of your career achievements to date and your professional ambitions. This statement provides an opportunity to expand on the information already provided.

Monash University Post Graduate Application

Proposed Research Project Summary.

Provide no less than 200 words describing your proposed project (include methodology and bibliography). Your proposed research project may require clearance from ethics committees if it involves animal or human ethics, bio-safety, or ionising radiation issues.

Murdoch University Post Graduate Application

Admission to Master of Applied Psychology

Personal Statement.

You are required to provide a statement of no more than 500 words in support of your application. The statement should include information you believe will assist the Selection Committee to assess your application. For example, you might explain how your previous studies, research or work experience relate to the course for which you are applying. In your personal statement, please indicate which specialisation you wish to do and provide reasons. You should also give details of any academic distinctions or prizes you may have received and any publications or other scholarly or professional achievements you believe may be relevant.

Ph. D. / Research Masters / MEd (Research)

Intended Research Area.

Please provide, as an attachment, a brief description of the research project. This should be a 300-500 word summary of research aims, likely questions and possible outcomes of your proposed project.

RMIT University Post Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

Give reasons for wanting to undertake this program and provide any other information which may assist the Selection Officer in reaching a decision. Please attach details on an A4 sheet of paper if the space below is inadequate and ensure your full name, date of birth, RMIT Student ID number (if applicable) and the program for which you are applying are clearly noted on all attachments.

Swinburne University of Technology Post Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

Which area of study do you wish to apply for?

Provide a brief outline of your reasons for applying for the course

Describe your proposed research activity for your honours thesis* (100-150 words) Not applicable for Design Honours applicants

Referees.

List two academic staff members who have taught you at third year level and can comment on your academic performance (staff who have taught your major are
preferred).

Research Program

Research Proposal.

1. What is the title of your proposed research?

2. Please provide a brief description of your project (approximately 100 – 200 words). As a guide the description may include: background of the research problem, proposed research methodology, proposed research method, an overview of the initial literature of the research problem, possible limitations, the contribution to knowledge that this project will potentially make.

Sydney University Post Graduate Application

Clinical Doctorate, Master’s degree by Coursework, Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate

Personal Statement.

Please outline in brief your reasons for applying for admission. You may also include other information which is relevant to your application. If the allocated space appears to be insufficient you can attach a more lengthy statement to this form and/or discuss your application with faculty staff. This item may not be relevant for admission into all courses.

The University of Melbourne Post Graduate Application

Postgraduate Diploma in Visual Art

Statement of Purpose.

· Applicants should include a curriculum vitae which details their recent academic and professional experience.

· Applicants should include a 500-word study proposal in English outlining their aims, objectives and technical requirements for their one year PG Diploma program.

Master of Visual Art

Statement of Purpose.

· Applicants should include a curriculum vitae which details their recent academic and professional experience.

· Applicants should include a 500-word study proposal in English outlining their aims, objectives and technical requirements of their one year Masters program.

Master of Fine Art

Statement of Purpose.

· Applicants should include a curriculum vitae which details their recent academic and professional experience.

· Applicants must include a synopsis of 1,000 – 1,500 words in English of the proposed research program including:

Aims and objectives;
Project framework and content, both practical and theoretical;
Project/research methods;
Nature and form of final submission including a description of the proposed exhibition and the research paper and the relationship between them.

· Description of art practice (in particular the medium in which you work).

· Previous research experience.

The University of Queensland Post Graduate Application

Research Proposal.

If your Expression of Interest is successful you will be invited by the school, institute or faculty to further develop your research proposal. Your research proposal should describe the components necessary for a successful research candidature, including:

1. A research project in which:

* the significance of the research question is appropriate to the degree,
* the research methodology is academically strong,
* the expected outcomes are described, and
* the research work can be completed within the program/scholarship duration

2. The academic experts who will contribute to the research

3. The facilities and resources required to complete the research

4. Evidence of sufficient funds from school/institute to meet research expenses

The University of Western Australia Post Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

In order to assist the University to evaluate your application, please attach a statement giving details of your personal aims in wishing to undertake the course by answering the following questions:

a) Why do you want to come to UWA?

b) What do you hope to achieve?

c) How will the qualifications gained at UWA help you when you return home?

This is critical to the evaluation process as it is not possible to interview each prospective student. Students applying for postgraduate coursework programmes in engineering, computer science, information technology and financial mathematics are not required to provide a personal statement.

Research Program

Personal Statement.

You must consult either the School Postgraduate Co-ordinator or a member of the academic staff in the relevant School before completing this section. If you are applying for a PhD or master's by research, you must establish contact with a prospective supervisor before lodging the application. Once you have the agreement of your prospective supervisor you must attach to your application copies of correspondence you have received from the School and/or the potential supervisor.
Name of UWA Contact:

School:

Please attach the following:

1. A brief outline of the research work you wish to undertake (1-2 pages in length).

2. If available, details of any publications in learned journals or copies of any published papers.

University of Canberra Post Graduate Application

Research Degree

Research Proposal.

You must attach your research proposal (no more than 2 pages in length), and should follow this structure:

• aims and objectives of the research including the context for the research, a reading list describing the content, and a justification of the research

• problems/issues to be investigated in the thesis

• proposed methodology

• expected resources and conditions required to complete the research (including specialised equipment or software needs, field trips, funding expectations etc)

• a demonstration of your ability to undertake research at the level required of the degree, by reference to your qualifications, educational or professional achievements, any publications in journals, conference proceedings etc

• reasons for choosing to undertake the research at the University of Canberra.

University of New South Wales Post Graduate Application

Research Degree: PhD or Master by Research in Faculty of the Built Environment

Research Proposal.

Provide a typed preliminary research proposal of 1500 words (for Master degrees) or 3000 words (for the PhD) which includes a preliminary literature review, a statement of the research problem and its significances and an outline of the method to be used to analyze the problem.

Also attach

a) an outline of your broad research interests

b) an outline of the research you wish to undertake (in about 100 words)

c) details of any previous research or development work performed, together with details of any published papers (a copy of the papers should be included with the application)

d) If you have completed a thesis or project report as part of a previous degree please provide an abstract of the thesis/project report and indicate in percentage terms the research component of the degree (e.g. final year graduate thesis - 25% of work required in that year)

University of South Australia Post Graduate Application

Master of Business Administration

Statement of Purpose.

(a) Outline your particular reasons for wishing to undertake this program.

(b) List any particular skills / experience / interests which you consider relevant to your application
(e.g., offices held and / or participation in community, voluntary and professional organisations).

References.

To the Referee:

(1) How long have you known the applicant?

(2) In what connection have you known the applicant?

(3) In relation to the applicant’s management potential, please indicate the applicant's major strengths and areas for improvement.

(4) Other comments relevant to the applicant’s ability to undertake postgraduate studies.

Victoria University Post Graduate Application

For Research and PhD Applicants

Statement of Purpose.

If you are applying to study a Masters by research or a PhD, you must submit a one or two page research proposal. You must also nominate two referees who can confirm that you have the ability to undertake high-quality research. Also attach copies of your published papers and/or journals if available. Applicants may obtain more detailed information about selection criteria and application procedures for individual courses by contacting the relevant faculty or visiting: www.vu.edu.au/research/faculty-based-research

Carleton University Post Graduate Application

Sprott School of Business: Master of Business Administration
Statement of Purpose.

Because box score ratings do not always provide a complete description of an applicant's potential, you are expressly invited to add any further comments which you think may be relevant. Using the space below (on additional sheets, or letterhead, if desired) please make any remarks that could assist us in our evaluation of the applicant's potential for graduate studies and research.

Ecole Polytechnique Montreal Post Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

Describe your experience in the field of study chosen. Students with at least three years’ work experience in their chosen field are advised to submit a curriculum vita. Additionally, please provide information on the desired field of specialization (as per section 8) or project in which you wish to study (append a separate sheet)

Letters of Recommendations.

Three letters of recommendation (Application Report on post-graduate applicants), including at least one from the dean, a research director or a professor from your previous institute.

McGill University Post Graduate Application

Applicant Statement.

Briefly describe your previous experience (research, educational, extracurricular, work), career goals and any special circumstances that should be taken into consideration.

References.

Graduate Applicants: indicate at least two referees

Dentistry Applicants: indicate two referees (at least two science professors)

Dental Residents: indicate three referees (one from your dental school Dean and two from dental professors)

Medicine Applicants: indicate three referees (at least one should be a university/college professor)

Law Applicants: indicate at least two referees (preferably recent professors)

Faculty of Dentistry

Autobiographical Letter.

The autobiographical letter must be written by the applicant. The applicant must comply with the following instructions to ensure consideration of the autobiographical letter. It can be up to three pages in length - but no longer, the text must be double spaced on 8 1/2 by 11-inch paper with one-inch margins. There can be no more than 25 lines per page, regular, easy-to-read fonts - not smaller than12 pitch - should be used. The pages can only be stapled together in the left-hand corner and not bound in any other fashion. Letters that fail to meet the above criteria will not be read.

McMaster University Post Graduate Application

Medical School Application

Autobiographical Submission.

The autobiographical submission is part of the application and must be completed according to the instructions. Failure to do so will result in the disqualification of the applicant. Applicants should be aware that the same reader may not be scoring all of your questions and therefore you should answer each question as an individual question and not build upon your previous responses.
The autobiographical submission consists of these five questions:

1. Describe your current medical career aspirations (family physician versus specialist versus research/academic) and describe any life experiences that have influenced your career aspirations.

2. What different course(s) of action have you considered in the past in order to improve your collaboration abilities? How has or will that course(s) of action enhance your collaboration abilities?

3. Describe a previous job, extracurricular or volunteer experience and its influence upon your wish to become a physician.

4. Knowing that gaining a position in medical school is extremely difficult, what other educational programs or fields of employment have you considered? Please include a description of specific actions that you have taken to explore such alternative goal(s).

5. Much of the medical program at McMaster is small group problem-based learning. Have you had any experience with this type of learning and, if so, what aspects of this style of learning have you enjoyed and what aspects have you not enjoyed? If you have not experienced problem-based learning, why do you believe that you will be able to thrive in this environment?

References.

Please provide us your assessment of the applicant' s potential for graduate work. As part of that, specific indications of accomplishments to date or comparisons with other students who have come to McMaster would be most useful. (A typed reply would be appreciated. If that is not possible, please ensure that the written reply is legible.)

DeGroote School of Business: MBA

Evaluation Forms.

Evaluation forms to be completed by two individuals who can supply information relating to the applicant's ability to complete the MBA program successfully.

1. How long and in what capacity have you known the applicant? Please be specific

2. What are the applicant’s most outstanding abilities or characteristics?

3. What are the applicant’s most noticeable weaknesses?

4. Please rate the applicant on the table below. To what reference groups (e.g. student, employee) are you comparing the Applicant?

Queens University Post Graduate Application

Medical School Application

Autobiographical Submission.

1. Why do you wish to become a physician?

2. Explain how your development and previous experiences have contributed to your suitability to becoming a physician.

3. Explaining your choice as it relates to the study and practice of medicine, expand on one area described in the autobiographic sketch that demonstrates your sensitivity to others and the ability to form team relationships.

4. In relation to your anticipated study & practice of medicine, describe one area from your background that shows your ability for self-directed learning.

5. Explain your reasons for choosing your references.

Provide any other information that would aid the Admissions Committee in assessing your application (optional).

Faculty of Arts & Science

Personal Statement of Experience.

1. Academic Excellence / Achievement

List the two most significant academic distinctions you have been awarded (e.g. scholarships, prizes in competitions, etc.)

2. Extracurricular Excellence / Achievement

List up to two major extracurricular activities that you have pursued at the school, community or provincial level. Include the average number of hours spent per week and the number of years you have been involved.

3. Commitment

List up to two examples of your long-term commitment to an activity (e.g. music, athletic achievement, family business, volunteer work). Include the average number of hours spent per week and the number of years you have been involved.

4. Leadership

List up to two examples of activities in which you assumed a leadership role (e.g. extracurricular, volunteer, business/work activities).

Include the average:
• number of hours spent per week and
• number of years you have been involved.

5. In 250 words or less [about 1700 characters with spaces], describe how your interests, experiences, and capabilities will allow you to participate in and contribute to the Queen's community.

6. If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please mail a separate statement along with supporting documentation to the address found at www.queensu.ca/admission/contact us. Your reference number must appear on all correspondence.

Faculty of Applied Science

Personal Statement of Experience.

1. List the most significant academic distinctions that you have earned (e.g. scholarships, prizes in competitions).

2. Describe your most significant extracurricular activities.

3. List any extracurricular achievements or awards.

4. Describe some meaningful experience, not necessarily related to engineering, which has significance for you. [200 words or less, about 1300 characters with spaces or less]

5. If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please mail a separate statement along with supporting documentation to the address listed at www.queensu.ca/admission/contactus. Your reference number must appear on all correspondence.

Bachelor of Fine Art Program

Personal Statement of Experience.

1. Art Education (Please specify previous types of Art Education including Art History)

2. Outline your experience in the following areas: (drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, other media)
3. Please specify other personal interests, activities, etc.

4. Please review the Queen's website information on the BFA program and tell us why you wish to study Art at Queen's.

5. If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please mail a separate statement along with supporting documentation to the address listed at www.queensu.ca/admission/contactus. Your reference number must appear on all correspondence.

International Study Centre

Personal Statement of Experience.

In 250 words or less [about 1650 characters with spaces or less], please list and describe what you feel are the 3 most significant non-academic activities you are regularly involved in. Briefly describe your involvement and why you feel it is significant.

In 250 words or less [about 1650 characters with spaces or less], please explain why you think adding an international experience to your education is important, and how you feel the ISC in particular will help you reach your personal, academic, and professional goals.

If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please mail a separate statement along with supporting documentation to the address found at. Your reference number must appear on all correspondence.

School of Music

Personal Statement of Experience.

1. Musical Background (please complete all that apply)

• Major Instrument or Voice Type
• Number of Years of Private Instruction
• Name of Teacher(s)
• Secondary Instrument/Voice
• Most recent Conservatory Exams Passed on your instrument/voice
• Piano Experience, including Conservatory Exams passed
• Theory Background, including Conservatory Exams passed

Please submit copies of all Conservatory Exam Certificates to the School of Music before your audition (if applicable).

2. Academic Background
• High School Attended
• Address
• Latest Overall Average
• List of final year courses
Transfer students please add
• Institution attended
• Program

3. Other Musical Activities

Performing (solo and ensemble), teaching, composing/arranging, etc.

4. Briefly describe your motivation to pursue a professional music program and specifically how studying music at Queen's will help you achieve your goals.

5. If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please mail a separate statement along with supporting documentation to the address at www.queensu.ca/admission/contactus. Your reference number must appear on all correspondence.

Law Faculty

Personal Statement.

All applicants must submit a personal statement with their OLSAS application. The personal statement can be used to complement material included in the autobiographical sketch. Applicants to the Access sub-categories should use the personal statement to address the basis of their sub-category claim and provide corroboration of these circumstances through relevant supporting documentation. Part-time studies applicants should outline in the personal statement the reasons for wanting to study part-time. The personal statement must be authored entirely by the applicant and must not exceed 8,000 characters in length.

If you are not claiming admission through the Access category, but there are circumstances that adversely affected your performance in a particular course, a particular term or even a  particular year, please detail them in the personal statement. These circumstances include (but are not limited to) illness, involvement in varsity or professional sports, family obligations during periods of study, tragedy or other unfortunate events that affected portions of your academic program. These circumstances are meant to be more particular, more time-limited and less systemic than the circumstances supporting an Access category claim. The Admissions Committee finds the personal statement to be helpful in distinguishing applicants who are competitive on the basis of grades and LSAT scores.

School of Nursing

Personal Statement of Experience.

1. List any post-secondary academic institutions and the years attended.

2. List any part- or full-time employment and major job responsibilities you have had.

3. List any awards or distinctions you have won (e.g. community citations, scholarship, subject prizes, and competitions).

4. List any major roles you have assumed while at your school or post-secondary institution (e.g. in student government, the arts, athletics), or have assumed since leaving school. Include any major roles undertaken with community groups, organizations, or in your family.

5. Do you wish to be considered under the Aboriginal Admission Process? Yes No An aboriginal person is defined as Indian (status or non-status), Metis or Inuit.

6. Outline your reasons for wanting to study at Queen’s.

7. Outline your reasons for wanting to study Nursing.

8. Describe any particular skills or qualities you possess.

9. If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please mail a separate statement along with supporting documentation to the address found at www.queensu.ca/admission/contactus. Your reference number must appear on all correspondence.

Concurrent Teacher Education Program

Personal Statement of Experience.

1. Briefly list in point form the teaching, teaching-related or life experiences that you identify as preparing you to be an educator. Include the location, duration, age group, and nature of your responsibilities. [800 words or less, about 4,300 characters with spaces]

2. In paragraph form, describe how your experiences have prepared you to be an educator who is reflective, collaborative, concerned with social justice, caring and inclusive. Link you contributions specifically to your experiences. Indicate how the knowledge you have gained through your experiences will help you to contribute as a teacher and learner in today’s schools. [800 words or less, about 4,300 characters with spaces]

3. If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please mail a separate statement along with supporting documentation to the address found at www.queensu.ca/admission/contactus. Your reference number must appear on all correspondence.

University Of Toronto Post Graduate Application

School of Nursing

Personal Statement.

Please write a brief essay (up to 500 words) that addresses the following issues. Your personal statement will be reviewed with attention to content and writing style. Please address the following:

1. What motivates you to become a nurse?

2. What specific area of nursing interests you and why?

3. What skills and interests do you have that make you a good candidate?

Faculty of Law

Personal Statement.

The personal statement is part of the OLSAS application. As the Admissions Committee conducts no interviews, the personal statement is an applicant's opportunity to outline those features of the application which distinguish the applicant. The content of the personal statement is not prescribed. However applicants are encouraged to use te personal statement to share their "story" with the Admissions Committee. Applicants may wish to outline in the personal statement such things as their choice of undergraduate program and institution; the extent to which it has prepared them for the study of law; and if appropriate, any anomalies in the academic record including false starts, fewer than five courses over two terms, and introductory courses taken in the third or fourth years of a program.

The personal statement is also an opportunity for applicants to highlight their non-academic accomplishments as well as any circumstances which may have contributed to or detracted from their academic and non-academic success, such as the response to disadvantage due to adverse personal or socio-economic circumstances or to barriers faced by cultural (including racial or ethnic) or linguistic minorities; and the impact of temporary or permanent physical disabilities. Applicants may want to write to the Committee about the different ways they see themselves contributing to the law school and legal community.

Mature applicants are required to submit a personal statement and a detailed r�sum� of their work and other experience including current position or status. Aboriginal applicants are requested to outline in their personal statements their interest in, identification with, and connection to their communities.

Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology Post Graduate /Under Graduate Applications

School of Nursing

Academic /Professional Interests & Purpose of Study.
Please outline your reasons for wishing to undertake your chosen programme of study.

Undergraduate Application

Personal Statement.

Please give your reasons for choosing us to further your study.

Universite De Montreal Post Graduate Application

Doctoral Programs

Research Proposal.

present an outline for a research project: foreign students should explain their projects as precisely as possible in order to check if a research director is available as early as possible.

University of British Columbia Post Graduate Application

Statement of Intent.

Most programs will require you to write a “Statement of Intent” or similar essay describing your academic interests and how you’d intend to pursue them in the graduate program at UBC. This is a very important part of your application, and is weighed heavily by most graduate programs. Be sure to state as clearly as possible what you are interested in studying and why UBC is the best place for you to do it.

Tip: Have a knowledgeable person read a preliminary draft of your statement to be sure you are coming across with clarity, accuracy and enthusiasm.

Reference Forms.

Reference forms should be given to three referees who are prepared to provide a report on your academic ability and qualifications. Reference letters on referee's official letterhead may also be acceptable to some programs. Some graduate programs may require more than three references. Please consult the individual graduate program's web site to find out the required number and format of references to be submitted.

For a reference document to be considered official, the document and the envelope's seal must be signed by the referee. Reference documents must be returned directly to the relevant program in sealed and endorsed envelopes.

If you are submitting an online application, some programs will accept electronic references through the online application system, in which case a paper version is not required.

University Of Waterloo Under Graduate Application

Personal Information.
1. Please tell us about your educational goals, your interest in your chosen program(s), and your reasons for applying to the University of Waterloo. Note: If you have applied to more than one program please discuss your interest in each program.

2. Please describe or list any extracurricular activities or areas of significant interest. These could include leadership or participation in school organizations or projects, athletics, travel, community, social activities, personal hobbies, and/or volunteer work.

3. Please list your most significant part-time or full-time employment in the past 2 years, beginning with the most recent. Note: If you have been away from school or university for more than 2 years, in addition to completing this form please mail a résumé to the Registrar's Office.

4. If you have received any academic or non-academic awards or distinctions please list them below.

5. Are there any issues or circumstances (e.g., medical, personal, or financial) that may have affected your academic record? If YES, please describe below. We are also particularly interested in the following issues: repeated courses; a marked rise or drop in grades in one or more subjects; sudden changes in performance; apparent shifts in academic goals.

6. For Ontario high school students only: Have you completed or are you currently enrolled in any Grade 11 or Grade 12 courses other than those offered by your conventional day school, e,g., night school, correspondence, summer school, etc.? If YES, please list below.

7. In addition to the specific information requested in the above questions, please tell us anything else about yourself that you would like us to know when we review your application.

University of Western Ontario Under Graduate Application

Personal Statement.

The personal statement for General category applicants allows candidates to expand on information in the application and to identify academic strengths and other achievements. The personal statement also provides the opportunity to outline the choice of undergraduate program and its preparation for the study of law and to explain the applicant’s interest in the study of law. The ability to excel in a non-academic area may reflect characteristics that allow the Admissions Committee to predict success in legal studies.

University of Windsor Post Graduate Application

Department of Biological Sciences

Statement of Research Interests.

Please indicate your specific areas of interest:

Indicate if there is a specific research topic on which you would like to work:

Please list the names of members of the Department with whom you have corresponded about graduate research:

Give the reasons why you wish to engage in graduate studies, and your ultimate objectives. Please describe the type of research that you would like to undertake and why you wish to enrol at the University of Windsor. (Continue on the reverse of this page, if necessary.)

Note: It is essential that this response be composed entirely by the applicant.

Environmental Science (GLIER-Supplemental Application)

Statement of Research Interests.

List publications (including those submitted or in press), reports and oral presentations.

List any research, teaching or job experience in your proposed area of study.

Attach a letter of intent that clearly outlines your interest in the program, your proposed focus of study and your prospective supervisor. The applicant must write this letter himself/herself.

Attach any other relevant information that you wish the Graduate Committee to consider in their review of this application.

Faculty of Nursing

Narrative Statement of Program Interest.

Please attach a statement of up to 400 words discussing: your reasons for seeking graduate education; how your clinical and research interests fit with the program area of focus you have selected; your professional and educational goals subsequent to achieving a Master's degree in nursing; and any other pertinent information relative to your application.

References.

To the Referee:

1. How long and how well have you known the applicant? What is the relationship?

2. Please rate the applicant relative to other students or employees in recent years.

3. In the space below or in a separate letter, please add any comments that will assist in providing a complete picture of the applicant's abilities and potential. Please attach a statement of up to 400 words discussing: your reasons for seeking graduate education; how your clinical and research interests fit with the program

York University Under Graduate Application

Statement of Research Interests.

In addition to meeting all Faculty and program-specific requirements, mature applicants must provide a resumé and a one- or two-page letter. The letter should outline your:

* reasons for wanting to attend university;

* future career goals;

* skills and activities that have prepared you for success at university, including work or volunteer experience, professional development activities, personal study and interests; and,

* explanations/documentation for any previous poor academic performance.

Copenhagen Business School Post Graduate Application

Ph. D. Program

Statement of Research Interests.

The project description may not exceed five pages and should include the following:

* a brief explanation of the aims of the project

* an explanation of the issue and the hypotheses that will be worked with

* a positioning of the project in the research field of the doctoral school

* a description of the “state-of-the-art" research within the project’s research field

* an explanation of the theories to be included* an explanation of the methods to be used

* an indication of the project’s potential contribution to scientific development

* a work plan (brief), which describes the main phases in the project.

The project description should be written in such a way that it would be informative to a researcher in the field, to which the project belongs. It should thus not be written in popular terms. Of course, the project description should not assume that the applicant knows the answers to the questions posed, but precisely reflect the fact that it is about a research project. It should be shown that in all probability it will be possible within the framework of a PhD programme to contribute to a solution or clarification of the research questions. The project must have a clear focus, and this should be reflected in the project description. The project should be written in concise technical language – English may be used – and both its content and form will be taken into consideration in the assessment of the project and the applicant.

Delft University of Technology Post Graduate Application

MSc Aerospace Engineering

Essay.

A clear and relevant essay in English (2,000 to 3,000 words) written by the applicant. The essay should contain:

* Your motivation for the MSc-programme of your choice.

* Why you want to conduct this study abroad

* Reasons for choosing for TU Delft.

* If there are optional specialisations in the Master programme of your choice: which specialisation(s) interest you most, and why?

* Provide three examples of Master thesis topics that interest you and explain your particular interest.

* Give a short summary (maximum 250 words) of the thesis work or the final assignment of your Bachelor study and state the credits, grade, and full workload expressed in hours.

Helsinki School of Economics Post Graduate Application

Master of Business Administration

Essays.

This application requires that you write 4 short essays in English, each one maximum one A4 page long. Your answers will be used to learn more about you and your reasons for applying to enter this program. The Admissions Committee considers your essay responses to be extremely important in the selection process. Please be concise in your answers, but respond as fully and completely as you feel is necessary. In addition to answering the questions, you are expected to demonstrate the abilities to write English clearly in paragraphs describe career experiences present an argument Please type the essays and use separate sheets of paper for each. Send the essays with your completed application form.

A. How will this MBA degree help you to achieve your career goals? Please outline your career objectives and how the MBA will help you to achieve them.

B. Why did you choose the Helsinki School of Economics MBA program? Please discuss the primary advantages and disadvantages.

C. Describe both an achievement and an adverse experience from your professional or personal life. What have you learnt from those incidents about your strengths and weaknesses regarding setting and achieving goals, and working with others?

D. Describe an ethical dilemma you have experienced. How did you manage the situation and what were your feelings about it?

KTH Royal Institute of Technology Post Graduate Application

Programs: Biotechnology, The Built Environment [Architectural Lighting Design (1 year), Economics of Innovation and Growth, Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure, Geodesy and Geoinformatics, Real Estate Management, Spatial Planning, Transport Systems, Urban Planning and Design, Water System Technology], Chemistry and Chemical Engineering [Chemical Science and Engineering], Electrical Engineering [Electric Power Engineering, Electrophysics, Network Services and Systems, Systems, Control and Robotics, Wireless Systems, Photonics, System on Chip Design], Industrial Management [Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management], Information Technology [Communication Systems, Computer Networks, Computational and Systems Biology, Engineering and Management of Information Systems, Design and Implementation of ICT Products and Systems, Information and Communication Systems Security, Interactive Systems Engineering, Software Engineering of Distributed Systems, Media Management], Mathematics [Mathematics, Scientific Computing], Materials Science and Engineering [Materials Science and Engineering - Materials and Process Design / Materials Processing], Mechanical Engineering [Aerospace Engineering, Innovative Sustainable Energy Engineering, Production Engineering and Management, Project Management and Operational Development, Sound and Vibration, Sustainable Energy Engineering, Sustainable Technology], Medical Engineering [Medical Imaging], Physics [Applied Physics, Modern Physics, Nanotechnology, Nuclear Energy Engineering]

Format: Letter of Motivation (1-2 pages), Thesis proposal (1-2 pages), Recommendation Letter (1 page)

Letter of Motivation.

Enclose a letter of motivation for the chosen programme. The letter of motivation is an important document, and is intended to explain the reasons you have chosen the programme at KTH, and what you hope to gain from it. Include a short autobiographical statement covering the development of your academic and professional pursuits, your current activities, and the relevance of your academic, professional, and other related experience to your proposed study at KTH. A well written letter of motivation will focus on yourself, and describe points that explain, in your own words, why you want to further your studies in your chosen programme, and how your interests and skills will contribute to your success in the programme, and to your future career. For example, why are you interested in your chosen programme? What are your career intentions and why are you interested in pursuing those career choices? What accomplishments in your academic, professional, or other related experience are you most proud of and why? How would a Master’s Degree in your chosen programme help you fulfill your future plans? Your letter of motivation should not exceed 500 words (no more than one page), and must be written in English.

Letter of Recommendation.

Two letters of recommendation may be required to be submitted with your application. Please ask your referees to be specific and detailed in their explanation of why you would be a good choice for admission into the Master’s Degree programme, and if possible to describe facts about you that support their view. If possible, one letter should be from an academic referee who knows you well, and the other from a person who has known you in a working environment. The letters should include full contact details for the referee, including post address, e-mail address, telephone and fax numbers, as well as an indication of their relation to you. Please attach both letters to this application. If the letters are in a language other than English, a translation is required.

Thesis Proposal.

Carefully formulate a brief preliminary thesis proposal based on your interests and view on your subject field. If you are admitted to a programme you will have the opportunity to choose another thesis topic. Your statement should not exceed 500 words (no more than one page). The thesis proposal must be written in English.

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne Post Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

The statement of purpose should not exceed 1000 words. You are required to describe your academic background and your career strategy. Please be precise about the objectives you wish to reach through your studies at EPFL.

Letter of Recommendation.

The three recommendation letters must be issued by professors who are well aware of your work and qualities. Each letter must be delivered in a separate envelope and sealed by the professor's signature. Your name and the programme to which you are applying must be clearly stated on the envelope.

You will be able to download the template of recommendation letter with your referees' details on the validation page of the online application. Make sure you leave long enough to your referees to write the recommendation and send it back to you in time.

Technical University of Denmark Post Graduate Application

Masters Programs

Statement of Purpose.

Describe in your own words your motivation for applying to DTU and to your chosen MSc program

Elite Programs: Industrial Mathematics [Mathematical Modeling and Computation], Fuel Cells and Hydrogen [Sustainable Energy], Chemical and Biochemical Engineering [Chemical and Biochemical Engineering]

In your statement of purpose please indicate why you have chosen to apply for the Elite Program.

References.

2 Letters of Reference in English (originals or certified copies)

University Of Karlsruhe Post Graduate Application

Statement of Purpose.

Do you have special reasons for choosing University Of Karlsruhe?

University of Tokyo Post Graduate Application

Doctor of Philosophy

Statement of Purpose.

Write or type on a separate sheet of paper (in 500--1000 words) about your scientific and academic interests and objectives, and your motivation in applying for graduate study at the University of Tokyo. Include a description of your past accomplishments that are not evident from the examination of other submitted documents. This statement must be written in English by the applicant.

University Of Ottawa Post Graduate Application

Law School

Personal Statement.

The personal statement each candidate must prepare is a critical part of the application and should be thought of as an interview with the Admissions Committee. In addition to explaining why you are interested in law studies, and why you are specifically interested in the University of Ottawa, you should use the personal statement to outline your personal and professional achievements, interests, community work and any other factors you feel are relevant to your application.

Medical School

Personal Statement.

Formal education

Outline the formal education that has prepared you for the study of medicine. Indicate with a check in the appropriate boxes, and complete the blanks pertinent to your educational program(s). Do not include one-year BEd programs in this section.

Employment
Specify your education level during employment, ie: 1st year of university. Indicate if the employment was during the summer or academic year, part-time or full-time, the hours per week and the number of years. Note your title and briefly describe your responsibilities.

Volunteer activities
Specify your education level, ie: 1st year of university. Indicate if the activity was during the summer or academic year, the hours per week and the number of years. Provide the location where the volunteer work took place and briefly describe your responsibilities.

Extracurricular activities
Specify your education level, ie: 1st year of university. Indicate if the activity was during the summer or academic year, the hours per week and the number of years. Indicate the type of activity: individual activity, team activity or club activity (ie sports, arts, music, student governments, personal activities such as camping etc) For sports activities, indicate at which level you performed: recreational, varsity, intramural, provincial, national or international.

Awards and accomplishments
These may include: Dean's list, university entrance scholarships, etc. Specify when they were received ie: 1st year of university, and the duration.

Research
Specify your education level, ie: 1st year of university and the title of the project. Indicate the type of publications: paper, abstract and presentation at a scientific meeting etc., accepted or published with a reference, but not submitted or in preparation.

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